By John Edgar Wideman
“JB & FD” reimagines conversations among John Brown, the antislavery crusader who famously raided Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist and orator, conversations that belie the parable of race and convey a fantastical, ethically wealthy correspondence that spans years and ideologies. “Maps and Ledgers” eavesdrops on a brother and sister this day as they think of their father’s killing of one other guy. “Williamsburg Bridge” sits within a guy sitting on a bridge who contemplates his lifestyles earlier than he makes a decision to leap. “My Dead” is a narrative approximately how the already-departed call for extra time, more room within the lives of these who continue to exist them.
Navigating a rare variety of topic and tone, Wideman demanding situations the limits of conventional types, and offers unforgettable, immersive narratives that contact the very middle of what it ability to be alive. a longer meditation on kin, historical past, and loss, American Histories weaves jointly old truth, philosophical knowledge, and deeply own vignettes. greater than the sum of its elements, this can be Wideman at his best—emotionally special and intellectually stimulating—an awesome assortment through a master.
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