Titel: Brothers and Keepers
Verlag: Henry Holt & Co
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
0805033076 Fine in fine dust jacket. Later printing. * Quality, Value, Experience. For further information or scans please call or email. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NT917JE0020
Inhaltsangabe: Now in paperback, this is the story of the author and his younger brother who were raised by the same parents in the same environment. Today, John is a college professor and an acclaimed novelist, his brother is serving a life sentence for murder. The author searches for an answer to the searing question of why this is so.
Rezension: With novels like Damballah and Hiding Place, John Edgar Wideman began his career in an explicitly modernist vein--indeed, his chronicles of life in the Pittsburgh ghetto of Homewood had more than a trace of a Joycean accent. The autobiographical Brothers and Keepers, however, allowed the writer to find his own voice. Perhaps this dual portrait of the author and his brother Robby--serving, then and now, a life sentence for a murder committed during a bungled robbery--finally forced Wideman to fuse the modernist trappings of his earlier work with the storytelling traditions of African American culture. "My memories needed his," the author recalls. "Maybe the fact that we recall different things is crucial. Maybe they are foreground and background, propping each other up." In any case, the Rashomon-like result is a raw meditation on fate and family, as well as an indictment of our entire notion of crime and (especially) punishment.
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