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The System of Dante’s Hell (AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series)
by Amiri Baraka

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    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Fiction
    Page Count: 160
    ISBN13: 9781617753961
    Imprint: Akashic Books
    Publisher: Akashic Books
    Parent Company: Akashic Books

    Book Description:
    "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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