A Place to Hide

A Place to Hide

by Kwame Dawes
     
 
Kwame Dawes puts the "reggae aesthetic" to work in these stories of contemporary Jamaica. His characters murder, go mad, abuse, love, create, seek personal salvation and the fullest expression of their sensuality with an astonishing but wholly believable intensity. The stories question how a society of such violence and disorder can function, and how it can be

Overview

Kwame Dawes puts the "reggae aesthetic" to work in these stories of contemporary Jamaica. His characters murder, go mad, abuse, love, create, seek personal salvation and the fullest expression of their sensuality with an astonishing but wholly believable intensity. The stories question how a society of such violence and disorder can function, and how it can be portrayed without either sensationalism or passivity. For Dawes, it is creativity that redeems. The collection rises to heights of towering myth in "Marley's Ghost," a story of soaring imagination that will surely raise the hair on the back of the reader's neck.

Author Biography: Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962, grew up in Jamaica, studied in Canada (where he fronted a reggae band) and now is professor in the department of English at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. In addition to his poetry, he is the author of Natural Mysticism: Towards a Reggae Aesthetic and Talk yuh Talk.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781900715485
Publisher:
Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)

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