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  • Author: John Keene
  • Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • ISBN: 9781910695135
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Ranging from the seventeenth century to our current moment, and crossing multiple continents, Counternarratives stories and novellas draw upon memoirs, newspaper accounts, detective stories, interrogation transcripts, and speculative fiction to create new and strange perspectives on our past and present. In 'Rivers', a free Jim meets up decades later with his former raftmate Huckleberry Finn; 'An Outtake' chronicles an escaped  slave's fate in the American Revolution; 'On Brazil, or Dènouement'  burrows deep in to slavery and sorcery in early colonial South America; 'The Strange History Of Our Lady Of The Sorrows' Presents a bizarre series of events that take us from post-revolutionary Haiti to a Kentucky convent; and in 'Blues' the great poets Langston Hughes and Xavier Villaurrutia meet in Depression-era New York and share more than secrets. The winner of the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2017,  Counternarratives radically challenges established narratives about race and history in the Americas.

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