Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson [FIRST EDITION TRADE PAPERBACK] 1990 • Atheneum

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Middle Passage by Charles R. Johnson 


Vintage trade paperback in like new condition.  Tiny spot of discoloration at top of spine. 

Otherwise, a visually new and still unread copy.  Gorgeous!

Winner of the 1990 National Book Award for fiction

It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a daring voyage of horror and self-discovery.

Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative, and philosophical novel.