Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

by Esi Edugyan

Key Porter Books | February 1, 2011 | Hardcover

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Paris, 1939. A young, black, brilliant trumpet-player, Hieronymus, is hauled off by the Nazis to Mauthausen based on the colour of his skin. As the novel unfolds, Sid, the narrator and conscience of the novel, details the friendships, love affairs, and treacheries that led to Hiero's horrific fate. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid, with his distinctive and compelling German-American slang, leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world, and into the heart of his own guilty conscience.

Half-Blood Blues, the second novel by an exceptionally talented young writer, is an enticing, electric story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.8 × 5.8 × 1.9 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0886194563

ISBN - 13: 9780886194567

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Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

by Esi Edugyan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.8 × 5.8 × 1.9 in

Published: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0886194563

ISBN - 13: 9780886194567

From the Publisher

Paris, 1939. A young, black, brilliant trumpet-player, Hieronymus, is hauled off by the Nazis to Mauthausen based on the colour of his skin. As the novel unfolds, Sid, the narrator and conscience of the novel, details the friendships, love affairs, and treacheries that led to Hiero's horrific fate. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid, with his distinctive and compelling German-American slang, leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world, and into the heart of his own guilty conscience.

Half-Blood Blues, the second novel by an exceptionally talented young writer, is an enticing, electric story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

About the Author

Esi Edugyan has degrees in writing from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003 , ed. Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (2006). Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne , was published internationally. It was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was a More Book Lust selection, and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004’s Books to Remember. She was born in Calgary and currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Esi Edugyan has degrees in writing from the University of Victoria (BA) and Johns Hopkins University (MA). Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003, ed. Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (2006). Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. It was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was a More Book Lust selection, and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004''s Books to Remember. Edugyan has held numerous international fellowships, has taught creative writing at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Victoria, and has sat on panels as diverse as the LesART Literary Festival in Esslingen, Germany, the Budapest Book Fair in Hungary, and Barnard College in New York City. She was born in Calgary and currently lives in Victoria, British Colu
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Editorial Reviews

"Edugyan's elegiac, shimmering prose makes up for the lack of sunny skies in this impressively conceived and well-executed debut." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Edugyan's spare prose, visceral images, and unfussy dialogue create a suitably ominous atmosphere.. The close... is astonishingly moving. A talented writer to watch." -Kirkus Reviews

"[P]acks a powerful emotional punch.... Fine writing, subtle characterisation and a convincing portrayal of place and period mark out this engaging first work, reminiscent of early VS Naipaul." -The Guardian (UK)

"In this brilliantly written debut novel, Edugyan flawlessly creates and maintains a pervasive sense of hope loneliness, foreboding and futility." -Black Issues Book Review (US)

"[The Second Life of Samuel Tyne] balances the brilliance and audacity of youthful enthusiasm with sage awareness. It's an impressive debut. a beautifully written novel." -Toronto Star

"An assured and insightful first novel of displacement of fractured identity....This deftly constructed tale... of one tiny, befuddled corner of the African diaspora is finally about all of us-about the hope we have of being our best selves, before it's too late." -The Globe and Mail

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