The End of a Primitive

The End of a Primitive : A Novel

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Kriss wakes up alone divorced, disillusioned, in her plush Manhattan apartment. They have nothing in common. Just one amazing, passionate weekend in Chicago and a desire to meet again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 15mm | 260g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0393315401
  • 9780393315400
  • 1,143,521

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Shortly before his death, Chester Himes gave an interviewer this remarkable plot summary of The End of a Primitive. "I put a sexually frustrated American woman and a racially frustrated black American male together for a weekend in a New York apartment, and allowed them to soak in American bourbon. I got the result I was looking for: a nightmare of drunkenness, unbridled sexuality, and in the end, tragedy". This new edition of Himes's most searing and controversial novel restores the cuts he was forced to make in 1955 in order to get the novel published and includes a never-before-printed foreword by Himes himself.
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Review quote

"A shockingly raw study of the sexual encounter between a black man and a white woman, two people so angry at the world, so frustrated by personal failure in a racist, sexist society, that their affair is bound to end in violence... The story is pure ugly, but Himes puts some powerful writing in it." -- Marilyn Stasio - New York Times Book Review
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About Chester Himes

After arriving on the American literary scene with novels of scathing social protest like If He Hollers Let Him Go and The Lonely Crusade, Chester Himes created a pioneering pair of dangerously charming African-American sleuths, Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, who attempt to maintain some kind of order in a series of violent and funny page-turners.
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