Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay audiobook

Romance in Marseille

By Claude McKay
Edited and with an introduction by Gary Edward Holcomb  and William J. Maxwell
Read by Dion Graham

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780143134220
5.67 Hours 1
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Published for the first time, the pioneering novel of physical disability, transatlantic travel, black modernism, and one of the earliest overtly queer fictions in the African American tradition. Romance in Marseille traces the adventures of a rowdy troupe of dockworkers, prostitutes, and political organizers collectively straight and queer, disabled and able-bodied, African, European, Caribbean, and American. Set largely in the culture-blending Vieux Port of Marseille at the height of the Jazz Age, the novel takes flight along with Lafala, an acutely disabled but abruptly wealthy West African sailor. While stowing away on a transatlantic ship, Lafala is discovered and locked in a frigid closet. Badly frostbitten by the time the boat docks, the once-nimble dancer loses both of his lower legs. Thanks to a successful lawsuit against the shipping line, Lafala doubles back to Marseille and resumes his trans-African affair with Aslima, a Moroccan courtesan. With its scenes of black bodies fighting for pleasure and liberty, McKays novel explores the heritage of slavery amid an unforgiving modern economy.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Published for the first time, the pioneering novel of physical disability, transatlantic travel, black modernism, and one of the earliest overtly queer fictions in the African American tradition. Romance in Marseille traces the adventures of a rowdy troupe of dockworkers, prostitutes, and political organizers collectively straight and queer, disabled and able-bodied, African, European, Caribbean, and American. Set largely in the culture-blending Vieux Port of Marseille at the height of the Jazz Age, the novel takes flight along with Lafala, an acutely disabled but abruptly wealthy West African sailor. While stowing away on a transatlantic ship, Lafala is discovered and locked in a frigid closet. Badly frostbitten by the time the boat docks, the once-nimble dancer loses both of his lower legs. Thanks to a successful lawsuit against the shipping line, Lafala doubles back to Marseille and resumes his trans-African affair with Aslima, a Moroccan courtesan. With its scenes of black bodies fighting for pleasure and liberty, McKays novel explores the heritage of slavery amid an unforgiving modern economy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gorgeously seamy…an unshackled and bitingly funny melodrama…heady and bewitching.” Wall Street Journal
Romance in Marseille reflects the 1930s discovery and celebration of outcasts, rogues and criminals, all of them regarded as more vital and passionate than the upright citizens of etiolated bourgeois society.” Washington Post
“The best new novel was written ninety years ago… you could easily mistake it for a novel written last year…A dazzling tapestry of a character…[and] a novel out of time.” Vulture

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Author

Author Bio: Claude McKay

Author Bio: Claude McKay

Claude McKay (1889–1948), born Festus Claudius McKay, is widely regarded as one of the most important literary and political writers of the interwar period and the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the United States in 1912 to study at the Tuskegee Institute. In 1928 he published his most famous novel, Home to Harlem, which won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. In 1977 he was named the national poet of Jamaica.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 5.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English