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A fiction interweaving three characters: Jack Johnson, who punched his way out of the dockyards of Galveston to become the first black heavyweight champion of the world; the English modernist poet Mina Loy; and Arthur Cravan, the Dadaist provocateur who was competing for Mina's heart.
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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 20mm | 270g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747544603
  • 9780747544609

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"Every once in a while an astounding new talent makes its presence felt on the literary stage. Antonia Logue is undoubtedly one of these talents." -"Toronto Star""A fearless excursion into the nature of passion, through the blood-sports of boxing, poetry, and art....A work of astonishing acuity." -Merilyn Simonds ""Shadow-Box" achieves the delicate alchemical reaction by which brute reality is converted into glittering, fictional gold."-"The Times "(U.K.) "An exuberant, audacious debut..."-"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) "She floors the reader in the first seconds and lets you get up only to dazzle you with dancing and floating, feinting and impeccable combinations."-"Globe and Mail" "Immediately engrossing....Its impact, like the best poetry or a powerful left hook, is visceral, intense, and enduring."-"Time Out New York""Logue's sentences fulminate with vigour and assurance. . . . ÝShe has a fluid, wide-ranging pen and creates hard-assed fight scenes as easily as languid recall of lovers' first meetings."-"The Observer" (U.K.) "This is a furious novel about fighters and poets, fists and decadence, art and rage....The humming, floating, stinging energy of her Jack Johnson pages suggest that Logue is a natural writer....Logue knows how to carve a sentence packed with gusto. . . ."-Montreal "Gazette" "Ambitious and wide-ranging....An enjoyable and entertaining novel...."-"Times Literary Supplement""Imaginatively conceived and elegantly executed."-"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Remarkable...."-"Booklist" (starred review) "Logue's writing is boldly descriptive and strikinglytrue....With "Shadow-Box" Antonia Logue has given us a story that is exciting, significant, and beautifully told."-"Uptown Magazine""A mesmerizing, beautifully written story..."-"Sunday Independent" (U.K.)""..."Outstanding....Any writer who can blend boxing and undying love, Dadaism and racism, mad desire and maddening loneliness to such remarkable effect is certainly one to watch."-"Scotland on Sunday""Ambitious...ÝAntonia Logue has raised some interesting questions about the balance between great art and life, and the price always mercilessly extracted.""-The Irish Times"
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35 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 14% (5)
4 34% (12)
3 37% (13)
2 11% (4)
1 3% (1)
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