Bloodlines - an extract

Fred D'Aguiar


Bloodlines - an extract

Fred D'Aguiar


Poem introduction

Overall, Bloodlines is a verse novel. It's set in the 1860s in the American south, and it's really about that time in America just before the Civil War when issues about abolition and about nationhood were being talked about. The narrator - his big thing is he refuses to die until a friendship breaks out between the races and of course it doesn't really happen so he lives way into the 20th Century or at least a spiritual version survives.

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