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Emperor's Babe, the (2001) [Novel]
by Bernardine Evaristo Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Londinium, 211 AD. A city of slum tenements and sumptuous villas, of orgy queens, drag queens and drama queens. A city where the currency is often sex, where children go to work at age five, where marriage is a career move. In this bustling city lives Zuleika, the feisty, precocious daughter of Sudanese immigrants-made-good. Married off at eleven to a rich Roman who is three times her age and usually away on business, Zuleika drifts about his villa, bored, or sneaks out to see her old friends. Then one night at the theater, she catches the eye of the visiting Roman Emperor Septimus Severus.

Original title: The Emperor's Babe
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryEpic and Narrative Poetry
FictionGeneral FictionWomen's FictionChick Lit
FictionHistoricalAncient World (Greece, Rome, etc)Rome
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsNovels In Verse

Edition #1: The Emperor's Babe

The Emperor's Babe (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Bernadine Evaristo has created a heroine of ancient times for the modern age...Evaristo's triumph is to transmute politics and history into a glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Anarchic, she calls it, but brilliant would do just as well." The Times (London)
  • "Streetwise, sassy, audacious...Evaristo is youthful and daring, with hidden depths of wisdom and hilarity, and she has delivered an entirely new concept for the historical novel." The Independent
  • "Fresh and original...Funny, playful, erotic and ultimately tragic, Evaristo's tale has a lively contemporary feel, while also touching on deeper themes about domination and empire." The Bookseller
  • "Written in fresh, zingy, witty language that combines tags of Latin, historically authentic references and 21st-century teen slang, [The Emperor's Babe] is a fast, exciting read...a modern work of art that uses the literary tradition with such light assurance that everything seems new." The Sunday Times
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The Emperor's Babe (2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0142001716
Pages: 250

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The Emperor's Babe (2002)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 0670030716
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Pages: 250

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