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He Sleeps: A Novel
by Reginald McKnight

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    Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780805048285
    Imprint: Henry Holt & Company
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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    Book Description:
    In this prize-winning author’s most ambitious book to date, an African-American anthropologist trying to "find himself" in Senegal instead finds himself caught in a surreal web of deception and betrayal

    Bertrand, a young African-American anthropologist, has ostensibly come to Senegal to do field research. But in truth, he left his home in Denver to gain a fresh perspective on his troubled marriage. Struggling to fit in with his new Senegalese family — Alaine, his wife Kene, and their young daughter — Bertrand finds himself, for the first time in his life, haunted by surreal and increasingly violent dreams. His waking hours are no less sinister; unwittingly, it seems, Bertrand has become caught in the tension — sexual and otherwise — building between the married couple. His relations with the rest of the village community are also strained; he can’t escape the sensation that he’s being set up for a grand-scale betrayal. As his sense of isolation and alienation escalates, he comes to believe that not only his fragile sense of identity — but his very life — is at stake.
    A riveting tour de force, He Sleeps confirms Reginald McKnight’s status as a writer of vivid imagination and exceptional talent.

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