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Publisher Comments:

In this prizewinning author?s most ambitious book to date, an African American anthropologist trying to "find himself" in Senegal instead finds himself caught in a surreal web of deception and betrayal.

Bertrand, a young African American anthropologist, has ostensibly come to Senegal to do field research. But in truth, he left his home in Denver to gain a fresh perspective on his troubled marriage. Struggling to fit in with his new Senegalese family — Alaine; his wife, Kene; and their young daughter — Bertrand finds himself, for the first time in his life, haunted by surreal and increasingly violent dreams. His waking hours are no less sinister; unwittingly, it seems, Bertrand has become caught in the tension, sexual and otherwise, building between the married couple. His relations with the rest of the village community are also strained; he can?t escape the sensation that he?s being set up for a grand-scale betrayal. As his sense of isolation and alienation escalates, he comes to believe that not only his fragile sense of identity but his very life is at stake.

He Sleeps is a riveting tour de force, confirming Reginald McKnight?s status as a writer of vivid imagination and exceptional talent.

Review:

"[I]dentity, especially when race and sex are involved, can be...consuming, and McKnight uses a disorienting, occasionally maddening mix of notebook entries, letters and omniscient narrative to drive this point home. McKnight has captured the apprehensive, jumpy, almost paranoid feeling of those moments when you're caught between how you see yourself and how others do — and when you know that if you don't finally face your demons, you might lose everything." Suzy Hansen, Salon.com

Synopsis:

Bertrand, a young African-American anthropologist, has ostensibly come to Senegal to do field research. In truth, he left his home in Denver to gain a fresh perspective on his troubled marriage. Struggling to fit in with his new Senegalese family--Alaine, his wife Kene, and their young daughter--Bertrand finds himself, for the first time in his life, haunted by surreal and increasingly violent dreams. His waking hours are no less sinister; unwittingly, it seems, Bertrand has become caught in the tension--sexual and otherwise--building between the married couple.

About the Author

Reginald McKnight teaches at the University of Michigan. He has received an NEA Grant, an O. Henry Award, a Whiting Award, and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His previous work includes Moustapha?s Eclipse, I Get on the Bus, The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas, and, most recently, White Boys.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805048285
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
McKnight, Reginald
Author:
McKnight, Reginald
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Senegal
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
African American anthropologists
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20010913
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.51 in

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Product details 224 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805048285 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[I]dentity, especially when race and sex are involved, can be...consuming, and McKnight uses a disorienting, occasionally maddening mix of notebook entries, letters and omniscient narrative to drive this point home. McKnight has captured the apprehensive, jumpy, almost paranoid feeling of those moments when you're caught between how you see yourself and how others do — and when you know that if you don't finally face your demons, you might lose everything."
"Synopsis" by ,
Bertrand, a young African-American anthropologist, has ostensibly come to Senegal to do field research. In truth, he left his home in Denver to gain a fresh perspective on his troubled marriage. Struggling to fit in with his new Senegalese family--Alaine, his wife Kene, and their young daughter--Bertrand finds himself, for the first time in his life, haunted by surreal and increasingly violent dreams. His waking hours are no less sinister; unwittingly, it seems, Bertrand has become caught in the tension--sexual and otherwise--building between the married couple.

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