In 1831 Nat Turner awaits death in a Virginia jail cell. He is a
slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave
revolt in the history of 'that peculiar institution'. William
Styron's ambitious and stunningly accomplished novel is Turner's
confession, made to his jailers under the duress of his God.
Encompasses the betrayals, cruelties and humiliations that made up
slavery - and that still sear the collective psyches of both races.