The System of Dante’s Hell (AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series)
by Amiri Baraka
Publication Date: Jan 05, 2016
List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Imprint: Akashic Books
Publisher: Akashic Books
Parent Company: Akashic Books
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"Much of the novel is an expression of the intellectual and moral lost motion of the age…the special agony of the American Negro."
—New York Times Book Review
With a new introduction by Woodie King Jr.
This 1965 novel is a remarkable narrative of childhood and youth, structured on the themes of Dante’s Inferno: violence, incontinence, fraud, treachery. With a poet’s skill Baraka creates the atmosphere of hell, and with dramatic power he reconstructs the brutality of the black slums of Newark, a small Southern town, and New York City. The episodes contained within the novel represent both states of mind and states of the soul—lyrical, fragmentary, and allusive.
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