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Middle passage

Author: Charles Johnson
Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is lost in the underworld of 1830s New Orleans. Desperate to escape the city's unscrupulous bill collectors and the pawing hands of a schoolteacher hellbent on marrying him, he jumps aboard the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a voyage of metaphysical horror and human atrocity,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sea stories
Sea fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Adventure stories
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, Charles Richard, 1948-
Middle passage.
New York : Atheneum, 1990
(OCoLC)643846052
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Johnson
ISBN: 0689119682 9780689119682 0684855887 9780684855882
OCLC Number: 21197311
Awards: National Book Award for Fiction, 1990.
Description: 209 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Charles Johnson.

Abstract:

"Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is lost in the underworld of 1830s New Orleans. Desperate to escape the city's unscrupulous bill collectors and the pawing hands of a schoolteacher hellbent on marrying him, he jumps aboard the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a voyage of metaphysical horror and human atrocity, a journey which challenges our notions of freedom, fate and how we live together. Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative and philosophical allegory"--Publisher's description.

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