Nigger Heaven

Nigger Heaven

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"Here upper-class elites discuss art in well-appointed drawing rooms; rowdy and lascivious drunks spend long nights in jazz clubs and speakeasies; and politically conscious young intellectuals drink coffee and debate "the race problem" in walkup apartments. At the center of the story, two young people -- a quiet, serious librarian and a volatile aspiring writer -- struggle to love each other as their dreams are slowly suffocated by racism."--Jacket.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st Illinois pbk. ed.
Copyright Date: ©1926.
ISBN: 9780252068607
Branch Call Number: FIC VAN VECHTEN, CARL
Characteristics: xxxix, 286 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Jan 27, 2014

Yeah, I know that title is off putting. If you're not already on edge, it was written by a white guy. Carl Van Vechten, however, was a tireless promoter of black writers/artists and this is a noble, if misguided attempt to portray black life in Harlem. On its release, it split black critics and prominent writers (DuBois, Weldon Johnson) and it still remains controversial. Years before Tarantino polarized audiences with his liberal use of the n-word, this guys was doing it. The book is more interesting now as a cultural time capsule than as literature. The blues and spiritual song lyrics interspersed throughout were written by Langston Hughes.


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