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Making history

The buzz on Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black is deafening. But the author herself is not buying all the hype


I write with a great deal of neuroses,” says novelist Esi Edugyan. “It’s just my personality. I don’t think I’ll ever feel supremely confident.”

This seems like a strange admission, given the accolades the author has received for her work. Edugyan’s 2011 sophomore novel, Half- Blood Blues, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Before it was even published, Edugyan’s follow-up, Washington Black, found its way onto this year’s Booker Prize longlist alongside fellow Canadian Michael Ondaatje (for his novel, Warlight).

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