John Edgar Wideman's American Histories: Stories PDF

By John Edgar Wideman

ISBN-10: 1501178342

ISBN-13: 9781501178344

ISBN-10: 1501178350

ISBN-13: 9781501178351

during this singular assortment, John Edgar Wideman, the acclaimed writer of Writing to save lots of a Life, blends the private, old, and political to invent advanced, charged tales approximately love, loss of life, fight, and what we owe one another. With characters starting from daily americans to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Nat Turner, American Histories is a trip via time, adventure, and the soul of our country.

“JB & FD” reimagines conversations among John Brown, the antislavery crusader who famously raided Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist and orator, conversations that belie the parable of race and bring a fantastical, ethically wealthy correspondence that spans years and ideologies. “Maps and Ledgers” eavesdrops on a brother and sister at the present time as they think about their father’s killing of one other guy. “Williamsburg Bridge” sits inside of a guy sitting on a bridge who contemplates his existence earlier than he comes to a decision to leap. “My Dead” is a narrative approximately how the already-departed call for extra time, more room within the lives of these who continue to exist them.

Navigating a rare diversity of topic and tone, Wideman demanding situations the limits of conventional kinds, and grants unforgettable, immersive narratives that contact the very center of what it skill to be alive. a longer meditation on relations, background, and loss, American Histories weaves jointly historic truth, philosophical knowledge, and deeply own vignettes. greater than the sum of its elements, this can be Wideman at his best—emotionally certain and intellectually stimulating—an outstanding assortment by means of a master.

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