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Pym: A Novel

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A comic journey into the ultimate land of whiteness by an unlikely band of African American adventurers

Recently canned professor of American literature ChrisJaynes is obsessed with The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe's strange and only novel. When he discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that seems toconfirm the reality of Poe's fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, the remote island of pure and utter blackness that Poe describes with horror. Jaynes imagines it to be the last untouched bastion of theAfrican Diaspora and the key to his personal salvation.

He convenes an all-black crew of six to follow Pym's trail to the South Pole in search of adventure, natural resources to exploit, and, for Jaynes at least, the mythical world of the novel. With little but the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring tale, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack cakes, Jaynes embarks on an epicjourney under the permafrost of Antarctica, beneath the surface of American history, and behind one of literature's great mysteries. He finds that here, there bemonsters.

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A comic reimagining of America's racial history by a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award-winning writer follows a book collector's enslavement by giant Antarctic ice creatures after he learns that Edgar Allan Poe's unfinished novel is actually a true story.

About the Author

Mat Johnson was born and raised in Philadelphia, and has lived most of his life elsewhere. He is the author of several novels and graphic novels including Drop, Hunting in Harlem, and Incognegro. Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and lives in Texas with his wife and children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679603825
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Johnson, Mat
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Alternative History
Subject:
Fiction : African American - General
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Subject:
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Publication Date:
20110301
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
322

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"Synopsis" by , A comic reimagining of America's racial history by a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award-winning writer follows a book collector's enslavement by giant Antarctic ice creatures after he learns that Edgar Allan Poe's unfinished novel is actually a true story.
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