Half-Blood Blues

ISBN-10: 1250012708
ISBN-13: 9781250012708
Edition: 2012
Authors: Esi Edugyan
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Description: Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011 Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller PrizeShortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for FictionBerlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011 Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller PrizeShortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for FictionBerlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black.Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film’s premier, Sid’s role in Falk’s fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey.From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk’s incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.

Esi Edugyan's novel, Half-Blood Blues, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction. It was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Edugyan has held fellowships in the US, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain, and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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