Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1993 - 334 páginas
"Nothing short of a wonder-book."--New York Times Book Review

This remarkable collection of twelve short stories is about the diverse folk--black and white, young and old, rich and poor, rural and sophisticated--who live in the eastern North Carolina town of Tims Creek. Among the memorable characters are Clarence Pickett, who at age three began receiving messages from beyond the grave and whose gift seems tied to a hog's ability to talk; matronly Ida Perry, haunted by a boy her judge husband may have drowned years before; Dean Williams, hired to seduce the richest black man in Times Creek, yearning after innocence while he betrays love.

 

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Reseña de usuario  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

These linked short stories from 1992 were probably revolutionary for their time, when collections written by Black authors were few, but almost thirty years gone by does not put them in the best light ... Leer reseña completa

Randall Kenan never disappoints -

Reseña de usuario  - GFergerson - Borders

LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD is simply an amazing work! When I first read it in 1992 or 1993 I could not put it down. Re-reading it in 2010, it is still in that awesome jaw-dropping category. GFergerson Leer reseña completa

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CLARENCE AND THE DEAD
1
THINGS OF THIS WORLD
24
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH
51
THE ORIGIN OF WHALES
73
THIS
140
RUN MOURNER
163
WHAT ARE DAYS?
192
RAGNAROK THE DAY THE GODS
225
TELL ME TELL
237
Being the Annotated Oral History
271
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Sobre el autor (1993)

Raised in Chinquapin, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in English and Creative writing (1985). He is a Black, gay Southerner which is the creative foundation for his work. Randall Kenan is the author of the novel A Visitation of Spirits (1989) and the short story collection Let the Dead Bury Their Dead (1992). The latter was nominated for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. After the success of A Visitation of Spirits, Kenan began working on a new book. More than a dozen years ago, he rented a car and set out from New York on a cross-country journey to interview African Americans. The title of the book that resulted, Walking on Water (1999), comes from the story of slaves en route from Africa who commandeered their ship off the coast of Georgia around 1800. Legend has it that they walked off the ship to an unknown fate. In his book, Kenan attempts to learn that fate. His other books include James Baldwin: American Writer (1993), A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta (he wrote the text for this collection of photographs by Norman Mauskoff published in 1997), The Fire This Time (2007), and If I had Two Wings (2020), a short story collection. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. When he isn't writing, Kenan teaches writing classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He is also a contributor to the New York Times and The Nation and was once an assistant editor at Knopf. Randall Kenan had a stroke several years ago and had heart related problems. He died on August 28, 2020 at the age of 57. (P)

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