Black as Night by Daniel D. Nern lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Beacon Press (Boston), 1958, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: This is a powerful and violent novel of present-day Atlanta and Detroit. The drama is played out against a background of explosive tension brought about because a family of Negroes has the intelligence to realize the degradation they suffer, under white supremacy, and the ambition to do everything in their power to rise above it. Maw Winter expects Earl to become a writer he is always burrowing into books in his free time. She sees Willie as a lawyer he is studying hard when not working with pick and shovel. Daisy works as a maid. She is very light, with blue eyes; a girl of extraordinary beauty. Uncle Jack gets jobs wherever he can. The two young brothers are in school. Meanwhile they all live in a Georgia shack: brown cardboard tacked up over the cracks in the ceiling and only a wood-stove to cook on. Each one puts his earnings into a Mazola can: the family is going to move North, to Detroit, just as soon as theres enough money. Then theyll live in a pretty white cottage
The first violence in the story is completely wanton almost accidental. Nobody could have foreseen it, or avoided it once the series of events started. Here the strong personalities show their differences: Willie can see no way out but vengeance; the more brutal, the better. His twin, Earl, realizes, as Maw does, that it is the Jim Crow system which is to blame, as much as any particular individuals.
Willie learns to hate, and then he lives to hate; and what he hates all the more bitterly because he is helpless is the injustice of the social system: sowbelly for the nigger and a poke bonnet for his wife; lean, red meat for the white man and a Paris hat for his wifeThe poison of Willies thoughts drives him to the violence and the killing which his need for revenge demands. But of course, instead of solving any problems, this action only creates more
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with light rippling and heavier tanning to the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned. Agents promotional sticker to the first blank.
Blue boards with White titling to the Spine.
261 pages. 8¼”x 5¾”.
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