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Middle Passage: A Novel.

African American Literature] Johnson, Charles.

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ISBN 10: 0689119682 / ISBN 13: 9780689119682
Published by Atheneum, New York, 1990
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A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with some slight crinkling to the top edge of the real panel. This copy is signed by Johnson. In this National Book Award-winning novel, Charles Johnson tells the story of a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, who is lost in the underworld of 1830s New Orleans. Desperate to escape the city’s unscrupulous bill collectors and the pawing hands of a schoolteacher hellbent on marrying him, he jumps aboard the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Here begins a voyage of metaphysical horror and human atrocity, a journey which challenges our notions of freedom, fate and how we live together. Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative and philosophical allegory. Bookseller Inventory # 24880

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Title: Middle Passage: A Novel.

Publisher: Atheneum, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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The year is 1830, and Rutherford Calhoun, a roguish, newly freed slave, ships out of New Orleans as a stowaway to escape an undesirable marriage. To his shock and horror, he discovers that this vessel is a slave clipper bound for Africa. One of the most daring and compassionate works of fiction in recent years.

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In 1830, seeking to escape an unwanted marriage, Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave, becomes a stowaway aboard The Republic, unaware that the ship is a slave clipper bound for West Africa.

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