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This is an auction for DANCING IN THE DARK by Caryl Phillips.

"With each penetrating and resonant book, Caryl Phillips opens another window onto the paradoxes and suffering endured by people of colour in white-biased societies. In his eighth elegantly restrained yet devastating novel, he transports readers to early 20th-century Harlem and fictionalizes with profound sensitivity and unflinching candour the outwardly successful yet spiritually disastrous life of Bert Williams, a Bahamas-born performer. Phillips compresses the facts of Williams' fascinating and tragic life to create a flexible framework for his rendering of the troubled psyche, not only of this dignified and misunderstood genius but also of George Walker, his gifted and ebullient partner (a dandy and lady's man who dreams of advancing the black race), and Bert's and George's long-suffering wives. Given Williams' phenomenal success--director of his own company, he mounts the first all-black Broadway production and becomes the first black star in the Ziegfeld Follies--one wouldn't expect him to be brooding, melancholy, and incapable of intimacy. The source of his soul-sickness? His gutsy decision to play the "coon" in blackface in order to disarm white audiences and, hopefully, subvert and transcend derisive black stereotypes through artistry, a Faustian gamble that enrages the people he cares most about."
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2005.

214 pages.

This is a proof (review) copy in very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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