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The author of the book: Ramabai Espinet
Edition: HarperCollins Canada
Date of issue: August 30th 2004
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ISBN: 0006485952
ISBN 13: 9780006485957
Language: English
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Mona, a film researcher rooted in Montreal, vividly remembers that night in Trinidad when her father, Da-Da, in a drunken rage, threatened to kill her nine-year-old brother, Kello. Years later, a terminally ill Kello asks Mona to revisit their native island and reclaim the property that their family had left behind. As Mona returns to the Caribbean to confront her family's turbulent past, the reader travels back in time—to nineteenth-century India, to British Trinidad, where her ancestors lived as indentured workers in the cane fields, and finally to urban North America.

Steeped in the lyrical rhythms of Caribbean life, this exquisite, richly layered novel explores the immigrant experience with compassion and humour. It is a moving story of race and displacement, of love and betrayal, of endings and beginnings—a swinging bridge of the universal search for self.

Praise forThe Swinging Bridge

"Beautiful, luminous and an utter pleasure to read. A writer as necessary as Ramabai Espinet should be treasured by us for her unique voice and the unique world she shares with us."—Jamaica Kincaid

"The Swinging Bridge is a sweeping story . . . of rich heritage—a blend of Indian and Caribbean sounds, scents and celebrations."—NOW Magazine

"An extraordinary achievement in the exercise of remembering. . . . Highly charged with moral intent."—George Lamming

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Ebook Swinging Bridge read Online! Ramabai Espinet was born in the forties in San Fernando, the second largest city in Trinidad and Tobago that is internationally recognized as that country’s industrial capital. Since she originally migrated to Canada in the 1970s, Espinet has divided her time between the Caribbean and Canada.
Espinet took her first degree at Toronto’s York University and subsequently completed her PhD in Post Colonial Literature with the University of the West Indies. Her academic dissertation “Adieu Foulards, Adieu Madras” explored the role of Euro-Creole women writers based on the works of Jean Rhys and Phyllis Shand Allfrey. She is currently Professor of English at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario and Adjunct Professor at York University and the University of Toronto, Canada.
A review of Espinet's work and themes shows that, over the years, she has built up an extensive body of work that includes poetry, fiction (adult and children’s), plays and essays. She usually explores themes and issues that relate to her Indo-Caribbean heritage. She also writes about the seminal influence of European empire on identity, class, religion and politics in Caribbean communities.
Espinet sees herself as an activist within women and development movements in Canada and the Caribbean as well as a social commentator on issues that affect the communities that she holds dear. Between 1992 and 1996 she wrote a column for the fortnightly community newspaper Indo Caribbean World and she still contributes essays and commentaries.
Espinet published her first novel “The Swinging Bridge” in 2003. George Lamming, the renowned Caribbean writer has said that this novel is “an extraordinary achievement in the exercise of remembering” and that Ramabai Espinet has “ put the art of memory into the service of an Asian Diaspora whose history from India to the Caribbean traces the secrets and calamities of an Indian family who, in their encounter with other ethnicities, offer an authentic profile of one of the major crises of Modernity. The writing is a model of a certain conversational distinction, natural in tone and highly charged with moral intent”.

Espinet’s first four works were all published in Toronto by Sister Vision Press. In 1990 she edited an anthology of Caribbean women’s poetry called “Creation Fire”. In 1991 she published a collection of poetry, under the title Nuclear Seasons, and then two children's books, The Princess Of Spadina in 1992 and Ninja’s Carnival in 1993.
Espinet developed a performance piece called "Indian Robber Talk" that has been staged in several Toronto festivals. Her poem "Shay's Robber Talk" formed the Afterword in Sherene Razack's Looking White People In The Eye, which was published by the University of Toronto Press in 1998.
“The Swinging Bridge” was longlisted for the 2005 Impac Dublin Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer' Prize in the category of Best First Book (Caribbean and Canada Region. It was selected for the 2004 Robert Adams Book Review Lecture Series.

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Written easily, vividly, wisely.

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