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Half-blood Blues

by Esi Edugyan

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong...

Half-blood Blues Synopsis

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. This is a new part of an old story: 1930s Berlin, the threat of imprisonment and the powerful desire to make something beautiful despite the horror. Chip told us not to go out. Said, don't you boys tempt the devil. But it's been one brawl of a night, I tell you. The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled.

Half-blood Blues Press Reviews

'Packs a powerful emotional punch... Fine writing, subtle characterisation and a convincing portrayal of place and period mark out this engaging first work, reminiscent of early VS Naipaul' - Guardian 'Edugyan's language is supple, wry and at turns sensuous. This intricately worked narrative heralds an excellent new voice' - Chris Abani, author of GraceLand

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ISBN: 9781788161770
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788161770
Publication date: 2nd February 2012
Author: Esi Edugyan
Publisher: Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003. Her debut novel, written when she was 25, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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