A Different Drummer: The extraordinary rediscovered classic
Detalii
Autor KELLEY, William Melvin
An apariţie 2018
Editura Quercus
Nr pagini 336
Dimensiuni 20 x 13 cm
Format Paperback, B

A Different Drummer: The extraordinary rediscovered classic

  • Cod produs: 9781787478039
  • Disponibilitate: În Stoc
  • 52,00 Lei

Descriere

'More than lives up to the hype' Observer
'Set to become a publishing sensation' Kirsty Lang, BBC Front Row
'An astounding achievement' Sunday Times
'The lost giant of American literature' New Yorker


June, 1957. One afternoon, in the backwater town of Sutton, a young black farmer by the name of Tucker Caliban matter-of-factly throws salt on his field, shoots his horse and livestock, sets fire to his house and departs the southern state. And thereafter, the entire African-American population leave with him.

The reaction that follows is told across a dozen chapters, each from the perspective of a different white townsperson. These are boys, girls, men and women; either liberal or conservative, bigoted or sympathetic - yet all of whom are grappling with this spontaneous, collective rejection of subordination.

In 1962, aged just 24, William Melvin Kelley's debut novel A Different Drummer earned him critical comparisons to James Baldwin and William Faulkner. Fifty-five years later, author and journalist Kathryn Schulz happened upon the novel serendipitously and was inspired to write the New Yorker article 'The Lost Giant of American Literature', included as a foreword to this edition.



Simple, timeless, mythic . . . an astounding achievement . . . still relevant and powerful today. (Sunday Times)

Set to become a publishing sensation. (Kirsty Lang BBC Front Row)

Black America's lost literary masterpiece. (Observer)

Astounding . . . Absolutely essential reading. (Stylist)

This fierce and brilliant novel is written with sympathy as well as sorrow. It's a myth packed with real-world resonance. (Guardian)

Wonderful . . . full of dazzling moments of social and psychological observation that jump from the page as if they were written yesterday. (Metro)

A Different Drummer is a revelation. A story so vividly alive I closed the book a different person from the one who opened it. A vital classic of literature. (Polly Clark, author of Larchfield)

Brilliant . . . The rare first novel that makes future ones seem both inevitable and exciting. (New Yorker)

Despite the novel being over 50 years old it feels as relevant as ever, sitting alongside the likes of The Good Immigrant, Slay in Your Lane and Becoming. (Alexandra Heminsley Grazia)

Etichete: kelley, william melvin