If He Hollers Let Him Go

Chester Himes author Jake Arnott editor


Publisher:Profile Books Ltd

Published:14th Jan '16

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Acclaimed expose of racism in mid-twentieth century USA, now a Serpent's Tail Classic

Robert Jones is a crew leader in a naval shipyard in Los Angeles in the 1940s. He should have a lot going for him, being educated, with a steady job and a steady relationship. But in the four days covered in this novel, the impossibility of life as a black man in a white world is made devastatingly clear. Jones is surrounded by prejudice, suspicion and paranoia, and his daily experiences influence his thoughts, dreams and behaviour. Immediately recognised as a masterful expose of racism in everyday life, If He Hollers Let Him Go is Chester Himes' first book, originally published in 1945.

Youthful, insulting, risky, brash, bad-assed, revolutionary, violent, and struts about as if to say, here come cocky Chester Himes, you litterateurs, and I hope you don't like it -- Ishmael Reed
The greatest, most brutally powerful novel of the best black novelist of his generation * Chicago Tribune *
Hard and fast and sure * New York Review of Books *
Relentless, gripping, classic novel, one of the most powerful exposés of what it is like to be black in America * LA Times *
One of the most important American writers of the twentieth century ... [a] quirky American genius -- Walter Mosley
Himes never soft-pedaled his disdain for the systemic racism of the day or for black integrationists, whom he referred to as "whining beggars" ... One hundred years after his birth, for better and for worse, the great Chester Himes remains nearly one of a kind -- John Ridley, Emmy Award winning writer and commentator * Huffington Post *
With his first novel, Chester Himes secured his place in the vanguard of the emerging young black writers of his time who were honestly detailing the rigors of black life in America ... If He Hollers Let Him Go is a masterpiece for its bitter and honest portrayal of the life of a normal black man in America * Barnes & Noble *
[Himes] taught me the difference between a black detective and Sherlock Holmes -- Ishmael Reed
America's central American black writer -- James Sallis
A howling rage of a novel... an uncomfortable and challenging read. * The Big Issue *
Brutal * The Times *
Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it -- Jonathan Lethem
One of the most dazzlingly pissed-off books we have ever read... an enraged existentialist romp across LA... a wildly compelling window into the tormented black soul of America in the mid-20th century. You didn't realise it, but it turns out you really need to read it. -- Stuart Hammond * Dazed and Confused *
A compulsive read. It has the quality of a Greek tragedy in which the terrible fate of the hero is a foregone conclusion. -- John Green * Morning Star *
A striking debut -- Geoff St Louis * Time Out *
A noir masterpiece... its message is still urgent. * Bookanista *

ISBN: 9781781255667

Dimensions: 194mm x 126mm x 18mm

Weight: 200g

272 pages

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