The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.Toni Morrison
When I heard about the passing away of the author Toni Morrison, I knew that I had to blog about the particular instance that helped me discover the author behind one of the most intriguing movies that I have ever watched about slavery.
Thing is, I never knew that the movie Beloved was originally extracted from a book which was written by Toni Morrison — a book that received in 1988 the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award, the Melcher Book Award, the Lyndhurst Foundation Award, and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award. Beloved was only adapted in a movie in 1998.
Five or six years later, or even two more years, I don’t really remember, I was watching the movie in the morning on the cable before going to work, and as a matter of fact, I had been able to watch only a quarter of that movie, whose intrigue and dark atmosphere had fascinated me so much, that it haunted me for almost 15 years of my life; and where it’s on YouTube that I finally had the chance to watch the movie in its entirety.
Beloved left such sweet taste in my mind that I was left hungry for more… I now want to badly read the book so as to find these hidden subconscious clues, which have perhaps been left unconsciously in between the words of the pages of the book.
Beloved is dark, phantomatic, filled with the invisible scars left to the mind, and of these torments endured that continues to haunt, and where one remains a slave to terror and fear… even after liberation. I love writers whose work stir my emotions, and where I indulge in some kind of an ephemeral momentum of epiphany, leaving me satisfied and satiated; and have to say here that, Toni Morison has completely hooked my mind on her subliminal own interpretation of this darkest era.