4 Extra Debut. After a violent incident on the Randall Plantation, Caesar asks Cora to run north with him. Read by Clarke Peters.
"What if the underground railroad was a literal railroad? And what if each state, as a runaway slave was going north, was a different state of American possibility, an alternative America?"
Colson Whitehead's inventive novel follows Cora and Caesar as they escape from a Georgia slave plantation and run north in pursuit of freedom, aided by the stationmasters and conductors of the Underground Railroad.
This brilliant and at times brutal novel about the history of slavery and racism in America, which won the US National Book Award for Fiction in 2016.
Read by Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme)
Abridged in ten parts by Sara Davies
Producer: Mair Bosworth
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2017.
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