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The Cattle Killing

by John Edgar Wideman

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A major literary event by " one of America's premier writers of fiction" (New York Times) and two-time winner of the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award, The Cattle Killing, John Edgar Wideman's first novel in six years, is certain to galvanize national attention. It is a fiercely lyrical, passionate, and revealing novel that attempts to reconfigure the paradigm of race. Spanning two centuries and three continents, the novel is a powerful, mythic book certain to provoke and inspire. In plague-ridden eighteenth-century Philadelphia, a young itinerant black preacher searches for a mysterious, endangered African woman. His struggle to find her and save them both plummets him into the nightmare of a society violently splitting itself into white and black, white over black. Spiraling outward from the core image of a cattle killing - the Xhosa people's ritual destruction of their herd in a vain attempt to resist European domination - the novel expands its narrator's search for meaning and love in… (more)
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    Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (stevieray0988)
    stevieray0988: Like The Cattle Killing, Mr. Fox is a story sprinkled with African folktales (and tales of other origins, in Oyeyemi's case). Of the two, Oyeyemi's book is much more light-hearted.
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    Beloved by Toni Morrison (stevieray0988)
    stevieray0988: Though not as experimental in execution, Beloved is very similar in its themes as well as its evocation of African folklore.
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    When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai (stevieray0988)
    stevieray0988: another story interwoven with (and made mysterious and profound by) traditional myths and folktales
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A major literary event by " one of America's premier writers of fiction" (New York Times) and two-time winner of the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award, The Cattle Killing, John Edgar Wideman's first novel in six years, is certain to galvanize national attention. It is a fiercely lyrical, passionate, and revealing novel that attempts to reconfigure the paradigm of race. Spanning two centuries and three continents, the novel is a powerful, mythic book certain to provoke and inspire. In plague-ridden eighteenth-century Philadelphia, a young itinerant black preacher searches for a mysterious, endangered African woman. His struggle to find her and save them both plummets him into the nightmare of a society violently splitting itself into white and black, white over black. Spiraling outward from the core image of a cattle killing - the Xhosa people's ritual destruction of their herd in a vain attempt to resist European domination - the novel expands its narrator's search for meaning and love in

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