A Powerful Harlem Book That Speaks To This American Moment

March 6, 2017

The Week reports that Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville and much other inventive fiction, recommends books that “speak to the current moment”, and one of them is Jean Toomer’s Cane:

In Jean Toomer’sĀ Cane (Liveright, $15), educated in the sciences, descended from slaves, and asserting his blackness even though he could pass for white, Toomer was a one-man renaissance in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. This 1923 hybrid novel about African-American life is as multifaceted as its author ā€” prose, poetry, and theater all cohering in horror and lyricism.

Cane by Jean Toomer (Liveright, $15).

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