Traitor to the Race

Traitor to the Race

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Charged with the erotic power of the senses and the liberating power of the imagination, Traitor to the Race introduces a bold new voice in American writing. Darieck Scott's stunning debut explores homophobia and self-hatred in the black community through the story of a biracial gay couple's reaction to a brutal murder. It is a breakthrough feat of fiction even in a decade of vanishing taboos.At the center of the novel is Kenneth, one of the many unemployed actors in New York City, who, to compensate for his isolation from family and community, fills his empty hours with elaborate fantasies. In Central Park he creates dramatic tales of repressed desire for the people he watches; on city streets, he and his soap opera star boyfriend, Evan, play intricately choreographed erotic games; at home, Kenneth imagines apocalyptic episodes of Bewitched. But the walls of Kenneth's fantasy world collapse with the gang rape and murder of his cousin and boyhood friend. Torn from his diversions, Kenneth is forced to confront his guilt about having a white lover, his uneasy relationship with other African-American men, and the fear and excitement of crossing the boundaries of sex, power, desire, and race.In crisp, spare prose, Darieck Scott creates an abundance of fertile fantasy scenes that alternate with the stark reality of Kenneth's and Evan's struggles. And, like the final, climactic "dance-riot" Kenneth organizes as a tribute to his dead cousin, Traitor to the Race elicits both anger and exhilaration, a testament to its profound cathartic power.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 213 pages
  • 124.46 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525939121
  • 9780525939122

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