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If He Hollers Let Him Go
Author: Chester Himes

ISBN: 9781781255667
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.8
Acclaimed expose of racism in mid-twentieth century USA, now a Serpent's Tail Classic.

Robert Jones is a crew leader in a naval shipyard in Los Angeles in the 1940s. He should have a lot going for him, being educated, with a steady job and a steady relationship. But in the four days covered in this novel, the impossibility of life as a black man in a white world is made devastatingly clear.

Jones is surrounded by prejudice, suspicion and paranoia, and his daily experiences influence his thoughts, dreams and behaviour. Immediately recognised as a masterful expose of racism in everyday life, If He Hollers Let Him Go is Chester Himes' first book, originally published in 1945.

About the Author

Chester Himes was born in Missouri in 1909 and grew up in Cleveland. As a child, he was deeply traumatised when his brother, badly injured in an accident, was refused hospital treatment due to the Jim Crow laws. At nineteen years old he was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for committing an armed robbery.

During that t...

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