Twelve Years a Slave
After living for thirty years as a free black man in nineteenth-century America, Solomon Northup unwittingly gambles his future by making a visit to Washington, a state where slavery remains prominent and legal. The night that follows defines the rest of his and his family’s existence.
This autobiographical and resolutely unsentimental account of his enslavement is the text, and the life, that provided the narrative for the 2013 Oscar-winning film of the same name.
Somehow this tragic and life-affirming tale, narrated in elegant prose, helps us try to appreciate what it means to be free.
- Unique in its capturing of both sides of the divide
- Historically rich and informative
- A window into an unimaginable existence