The Emperor's Last Island: A Journey to St. Helena (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)

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This highly imaginative study makes for a whimsical, yet elegiac biography. Shifting pieces of history, travelogue, and personal memoir creates a vivid account of a petulant emperor and his court in exile.

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In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St. Helena for a surreal exile that would last until his death six years later. “A resonant meditation on exile, fame, the stories we tell about ourselves (and) the bigger stories we tell about our great figures.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

About the Author


Julia Blackburn is the author of three books of nonfiction, Charles Waterton, The Emperor’s Last Island, and Daisy Bates in the Desert, and of two novels, The Book of Color and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in England.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780679739371
ISBN-10: 0679739378
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 31st, 1993
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures