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The Radiance of the King (New York Review Books Classics)


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At the beginning of this masterpiece of African literature, Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa. Flush with self-importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is gradually stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold to the royal harem as a slave. But in the end Clarence’s bewildering journey is the occasion of a revelation, as he discovers the image, both shameful and beautiful, of his own humanity in the alien splendor of the king.

About the Author

Camara Laye’s (1928–1980) autobiographical novel The Dark Child, was published in France in 1953 to great acclaim; it was followed a year later by his masterpiece, The Radiance of the King

Toni Morrison is the author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, and children's literature. She twice has received the Pulitzer Prize-for Sula (1974) and Beloved (1988)-as well as the National

Book Critics Circle Award and the Nobel Prize for Literature. She lives in New York.

James Kirkup was a prolific English poet, translator and travel writer. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1962.

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Laye, Camara
New York Review of Books
Kirkup, James
Morrison, Toni
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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8 x 5.04 x 0.65 in 0.68 lb

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