Romance in Marseille roman van Claude McKay uit 1933

Claude McKay Romance in Marseille recensie, review en informatie over de inhoud van de roman uit 1933 van de Jamaicaans-Amerikaanse schrijver. Bij uitgeverij Penguin Classic verschijnt heruitgave de roman Romance in Marseille, geschreven door de op Jamaica geboren dichter en schrijver Claude McKay. Hier lees je informatie over de inhoud van de roman, de schrijver en over de uitgave. Er is geen Nederlandse vertaling van de roman verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Claude McKay Romance in Marseille recensie en review

  • “I loved Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille, so witty and so precise, a little instrument for imagining another kind of modernist history.” (Adam Thirlwell, The White Review)


Claude McKay Romance in Marseille

Romance in Marseille

  • Auteur: Claude McKay (Verenigde Staten)
  • Soort boek: Afro-Amerikaanse roman uit 1933
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Penguin Classics
  • Omvang: 208 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: paperback / ebook
  • Prijs: £12.99
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol

Flaptekst van de roman uit 1933 van Claude McKay

Buried in the archive for almost ninety years, Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille traces the adventures of a rowdy troupe of dockworkers, prostitutes, and political organizers–collectively straight and queer, disabled and able-bodied, African, European, Caribbean, and American. Set largely in the culture-blending Vieux Port of Marseille at the height of the Jazz Age, the novel takes flight along with Lafala, an acutely disabled but abruptly wealthy West African sailor. While stowing away on a transatlantic freighter, Lafala is discovered and locked in a frigid closet. Badly frostbitten by the time the boat docks, the once-nimble dancer loses both of his lower legs, emerging from life-saving surgery as what he terms “an amputated man.” Thanks to an improbably successful lawsuit against the shipping line, however, Lafala scores big in the litigious United States. Feeling flush after his legal payout, Lafala doubles back to Marseille and resumes his trans-African affair with Aslima, a Moroccan courtesan. With its scenes of black bodies fighting for pleasure and liberty even when stolen, shipped, and sold for parts, McKay’s novel explores the heritage of slavery amid an unforgiving modern economy.

This first-ever edition of Romance in Marseille includes an introduction by McKay scholars Gary Edward Holcomb and William J. Maxwell that places the novel within both the “stowaway era” of black cultural politics and McKay’s challenging career as a star and skeptic of the Harlem Renaissance.

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