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Annotations
     

Annotations

by John Keene
 

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"Genius—brilliant, polished and of considerabledepth."—Ishmael Reed
An experimental first novel of poem-like compression,Annotationshas a great deal to say about growing up Black in St. Louis. Reminiscent of Jean Toomer’sCane, the book is in part a meditation on African-American autobiography. Keene explores questions of identity from many

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"Genius—brilliant, polished and of considerabledepth."—Ishmael Reed
An experimental first novel of poem-like compression,Annotationshas a great deal to say about growing up Black in St. Louis. Reminiscent of Jean Toomer’sCane, the book is in part a meditation on African-American autobiography. Keene explores questions of identity from many angles—from race to social class to sexuality (gay and straight). Employing all manner of textual play and rhythmic and rhetorical maneuvers, he (re)creates his life story as a jazz fugue-in-words.

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bn.com
Set in St. Louis, Missouri, Keene's birthplace, the novel is his fictional debut. Annotations explores many complex issues. A coming-of-age story, the book references specific time periods and historical events through the cultural associations of the '40s and '60s. Rich in metaphor and highly poetic, Annotations is a poetic meditation about private lives and public events.
Library Journal
Keene's slim first novel appears to be a disguised autobiographical narrative whose power resides in formidable imagery and the virtuoso use of language. The plot, if there is one, concerns a young black man's coming of age from birth to college years. Along the way while commenting aphoristically, he encounters many characters with unique personal outlooks and participates in gay and straight sexual experiences that he seems to avoid as often as not. But one does not read this book for its story. In fact, it should be read twice: once to get an idea of events and a second time to savor its language and pounding images (e.g., from the first page: "A crueler darkening, as against the assured arrival of dusk"). Keene's artistry makes him a writer to watch. Highly recommended for literary and African American collections.-Harold Augenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York
Booknews
A beautiful, poetic piece of experimental writing, centered around the experience of growing up Black in St. Louis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811213042
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Paperbook Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,080,949
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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Ishmael Reed
Keene's flow of ideas are brilliant, polished and of considerable depth.

Meet the Author

John Keene is a former member of the Dark Room Writers Collective, a graduate fellow of Cave Canem, and the recipient of many awards and fellowships—including a Whiting Foundation Prize for fiction. Keene teaches at Rutgers.

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