Coming Through Slaughter

Coming Through Slaughter

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Based on the life of cornet player Buddy Bolden, one of the legendary jazz pioneers of turn-of-the-twentieth-century New Orleans, Coming Through Slaughter is an extraordinary recreation of a remarkable musical life and a tragic conclusion. Through a collage of memoirs, interviews, imaginary conversations and monologues, Ondaatje builds a picture of a man who would work by day at a barber shop and by night unleash his talent to wild audiences who had never experienced such playing. But Buddy was also playing the field with two women, and inside his head was a ticking time-bomb which he was unable to stop.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 465g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Special edition
  • Special edition
  • 0747599556
  • 9780747599555
  • 1,535,053

About Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the author of five novels, a memoir, a non-fiction book on film and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize; another of his novels, Anil's Ghost, won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Prix Medicis. His most recent book, Divisadero, won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction 2007. Born in Sri Lanka, he now lives in Toronto.show more

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'A beautifully detailed story, perhaps the finest jazz novel ever written' Sunday Times 'The downtown world of bars, whores, streetlife bursting with music is evoked so vividly, so pungently you seem to breathe in the atmosphere I haven't been so excited by a new writer for a long time' Time Out 'Not only the best jazz novel ever written, but one of the best novels of any kind published in English in the last ten years' The Musician 'Michael Ondaatje is a novelist with the heart of a poet' Chicago Tribuneshow more

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3 23% (1,062)
2 6% (266)
1 2% (80)
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