" A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--"Newsday"
From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century.
"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.
"Less a conventional novel than the prose equivalent of a jazz solo, or a series of solos . . . some of [Ellison's] finest prose."--Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
"Stirring . . . a deeply complex, even epic, story . . . rendered as majestically as you would expect from Ellison."--Associated Press
"[This book is] more than a novel. It's a literary experience."--Ebony
Number Of Pages: 1101
Published: 26th April 2011
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.0 x 5.2
Weight (kg): 1.16
Edition Number: 1