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