Five Days of Bleeding by Ricardo Cortez Cruz
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Five Days of Bleeding is the black experience in sound, a fight to dance and celebrate cultural roots, and the struggle of a dark homeless woman, Zu-Zu Girl, to have voice in White America.

Taunted by the violent character "Chops," Zu-Zu sings to keep her spirit alive in New York City's Central Park. Zu-Zu and the novel's narrator have a relationship which is transformed into a stormy, dreamlike urban affair. Their oppressive situation is depicted through multiple collages of sound and image, a funky mix of original and sampled cuts, both literary and musical.

The social chaos around them is remixed in a text consisting of street beats, classic breaks, and fresh-cool cadences. Bleeding proves that the loudest noises of moral panic can be gunshots, to be sure, but they can also be the very human sound of the music of hope and despair.


About Ricardo Cortez Cruz

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Ricardo Cortez Cruz is a Decatur, Illinois native, a Professor of English at Illinois State University, and the author of two novels and more than forty short stories.
Published September 27, 1995 by Fiction Collective 2. 129 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cruz, whose first novel (Straight Outta Crompton, 1992) won a Nilon Award for Excellence in Minority Fiction, breaks no new ground in this, his seconda rock- and rap-inspired depiction of physical violence and sexual thrust-and-parry among the mean streets of Harlem and dangerous nooks and cranni...

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Although Cruz received the Nilon award and a lot of attention for his first novel, Straight Outta Compton, his sophomore effort lacks enough coherence to make it appealing.

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