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12 Years a Slave is a riveting true account of a free man captured and sold into slavery in the pre–-­Civil War South. Solomon Northup’s narrative explores one of the darkest times in American history and captures in vivid detail the unimaginable realities of slavery.

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"A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousand gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation.­" — Saturday ReviewBorn a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, DC, in 1841. He spent the next 12 harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity.
As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the "peculiar institution" during the three decades before the Civil War. Moreover, Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced 30 years of freedom and dignity in the United States before . . .

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Twelve Years a Slave, sub-­title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-­York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.­C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.­C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

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When the editor commenced the preparation of the following narrative, he did not suppose it would reach the size of this volume. In order, however, to present all the facts which have been communicated to him, it has seemed necessary to extend it to its present length. Many of the statements contained in the following pages are corroborated by abundant evidence—others rest entirely upon Solomon's assertion. That he has adhered strictly to the truth the editor, at least, who has had an opportunity of detecting any contradiction or discrepancy in his statements, is well satisfied. He has invariably repeated the same story without deviating in the slightest particular, and has also carefully perused the manuscript, dictating an alteration wherever the most trivial inaccuracy has appealed. It was Solomon's fortune, during his captivity, to be owned by several masters. The treatment he received while at the "Pine Woods" shows that among slaveholders there are men of humanity as well . . .

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Das Buch zum Film, erstmals in einer deutschen Übersetzung. Es handelt sich hier um Teil 2 von drei Bänden.

Mittlerweile ist die vollständige Ausgabe in einem Band erschienen: »Zwölf Jahre als Sklave – 12 Years A Slave«, ASIN: B00IOZLT30

Bibliophile Ausgabe mit den Illustrationen der Erstausgabe von 1853 und Anmerkungen

»Zwölf Jahre als Sklave« (»Twelve Years A Slave«) ist die bewegende Autobiografie eines frei geborenen schwarzen Amerikaners, der entführt und versklavt wurde, ehe ihm endlich die Flucht gelang.

Solomon Northup lebt mit Frau und Kindern in Saratoga im Bundesstaat New York und hält sich mit kleinen Handwerksjobs und Geigenspiel über Wasser, bis er 1841 zwei Fremde kennenlernt, die ihn mit dem Versprechen eines Engagements als Zirkusmusiker nach Washington locken – damals eine Drehscheibe des Sklavenhandels in den USA. Die beiden betäuben ihn und verkaufen ihn an einen Plantagenbesitzer in Louisiana; schließlich landet er auf den Baumwollfeldern eines . . .

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* Beautifully illustrated with sketches from early editions, 12 Years a Slave is the compelling account of a man born free but later kidnapped and sold as a slave. He spent the next 12 harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity.

* Just as accessible and enjoyable for today's readers as it would have been when first published, the novel is one of the great works of American literature and continues to be widely read throughout the world.

* This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Illustrated Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text and is enhanced with images carefully selected by our team of professional editors.

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Dies ist die detailgetreue Übersetzung und Gesamtausgabe des Bestsellers "12 Years A Slave", verfilmt 2013, bereits heute ausgezeichnet mit dem Golden Globe als Bester Film und einer der ersten Anwärter auf den Oscar. "Zwölf Jahre Ein Sklave" i...

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This new edition includes:

* Solomon Northup's memoir
* Illustrations from the original publication, as well as
* Additional illustrations that bring the story to life!

Read the memoir that inspired the film that won Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards!

Follow the gripping true account of the author, Solomon Northup, a free black man, kidnapped, sold into, and delivered out of, slavery.

“It is better than the film … A testament to the glory of the human spirit in triumph over the worst of human abuse.­” - Daily Telegraph

"This is no fiction, no exaggeration. If I have failed in anything, it has been in presenting to the reader too prominently the bright side of the picture. I doubt not hundreds have been as unfortunate as myself; that hundreds of free citizens have been kidnapped and sold into slavery, and are at this moment wearing out their lives on plantations...­" - Solomon Northup, _­Twelve Years a Slave_

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