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The Cattle Killing
by John Edgar Wideman

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    List Price: $14.95
    Format: Paperback, 212 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780395877500
    Imprint: Mariner Books
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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    Book Description:
    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 them both into the nightmare of a society violently splitting itself into white and 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 into the America, Europe and South Africa of yesterday and today.

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