Plan B by Chester B. Himes

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Un crítico francés, que afirmaba que Himes pasaría a la historia como el escritor negro más importante del siglo, consideraba la novela inconclusa Plan B un legado delirante que exploraba el odio implacable existente entre negros y blancos. Efectivamente, la lógica y la perspicacia de Himes son en ella aterradoras, y el resultado es una historia furiosa y violenta, una auténtica parábola incandescente de la locura racial, además de una retrospectiva de la historia americana. Plan B es un libro duro que deja al lector con un regusto persistente en la boca, una muestra excelente de la peculiar mezcla de surrealismo y humor a la que recurría Himes para sobrellevar los tormentos que debió de sentir por una vida entera enfrentado a la injusticia de las políticas raciales norteamericanas.
 

About Chester B. Himes

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Chester B. Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on July 29, 1909. He attended Ohio State University in Columbus, but was expelled his freshman year for a prank. He began writing short stories and having them published in national magazines such as Abbott's Monthly Magazine and Esquire while in prison for armed robbery. He was paroled after 8 years and eventually joined the Works Progress Administration, where he served as a writer with the Ohio Writers' Project. His first novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go, is about the fear, anger, and humiliation of a black employee at a racist defense plant during World War II and was published in 1945. He moved to Paris, France in the 1950s and then to Moraira, Spain in 1969. He was more popular in Europe than in the United States and primarily wrote about black protagonists plagued by white racism and self-hate. His other works include Lonely Crusade, Pinktoes, Black on Black, The Quality of Hurt, and My Life As Absurdity. He also wrote detective novels set in Harlem, New York City including Run Man, Run, The Real Cool Killers, and Blind Man with a Pistol. He won the 1958 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the 1982 Columbus Foundation award. He died on November 12, 1984 from Parkinson's Disease.
 
Published April 20, 2013 by Akal. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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Renowned for his searing protest literature about postwar America, Himes ( If He Hollers Let Him Go ) left this apocalyptic vision of the destructive effects of racism unfinished at his death in 1984.

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