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Half Blood Blues: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011

Half Blood Blues: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011

Chip told us not to go out. Said, don't you boys tempt the devil. But it been one brawl of a night, I tell you. The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years o... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781788161770
Barcode 9781788161770
Published 29 August 2018 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
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Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
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ISBN-13 9781788161770
ISBN-10 1788161777
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date 29 August 2018
International Publication Date 2 August 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 294g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jazz musicians - Fiction - Crimes against, Blacks - Fiction - Crimes against
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 958297

Description of this Book

Chip told us not to go out. Said, don't you boys tempt the devil. But it been one brawl of a night, I tell you. The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled. In Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong ...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Scotiabank Giller Prize 2011 (UK) -- Winner of Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2012 (UK) -- Winner of Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 2012 (UK) -- Winner of Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction 2013 (UK) -- Short-listed for Booker Prize for Fiction 2011 (UK)
NZ Review 'A superbly atmospheric prologue kick-starts a thrilling story about truth and betrayal... [a] brilliant, fast-moving novel.' -- Kate Saunders * Times * This is a wonderful, vibrant, tense novel about war and its aftermath. Its author has brought both the wartime past of a devastated city and its confident reinvention of itself in a new era to life with extraordinary assurance. -- Susan Hill * Man Booker Prize judge * Edugyan really can write ... redemptive -- Bernadine Evaristo * Guardian *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor-General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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