Details

ISBN-10: 0143136593
ISBN-13: 9780143136590
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 02/08/2022
Dimensions: 7.60" L, 5.00" W, 0.70" H

Dirty Bird Blues

Foreword by: Yusef Komunyakaa
Introduction by: John Beckman

Paperback

Price: $18.00

Overview

A quietly influential force in African American literature and art, Clarence Major makes his Penguin Classics debut with the twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Dirty Bird Blues

The PRH Audio book of Dirty Bird Blues by Clarence Major won a 2022 EARPHONE AWARD. Narrated by Dion Graham.

A Penguin Classic

Set in post-World War II Chicago and Omaha, the novel features Manfred Banks, a young, harmonica-blowing blues singer who is always writing music in his head. Torn between his friendships with fellow musicians and nightclub life and his responsibilities to his wife and child, along with the pressures of dealing with a racist America that assaults him at every turn, Manfred seeks easy answers in Dirty Bird (Old Crow whiskey) and in moving on. He moves to Omaha with hopes of better opportunities as a blue-collar worker, but the blues in his soul and the dreams in his mind keep bringing him back to face himself. After a nightmarish descent into his own depths, Manfred emerges with fresh awareness and possibility. Through Manfred, we witness and experience the process by which modern American English has been vitalized and strengthened by the poetry and the poignancy of the African-American experience. As Manfred struggles with the oppressive constraints of society and his private turmoil, his rich inner voice resonates with the blues.

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Details

ISBN-10: 0143136593
ISBN-13: 9780143136590
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 02/08/2022
Dimensions: 7.60" L, 5.00" W, 0.70" H
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