Black Deutschland: A Novel

Black Deutschland: A Novel

by Darryl Pinckney


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ISBN-13: 9781250117977
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 579,600
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DARRYL PINCKNEY, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and two works of nonfiction, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. He has also collaborated with Robert Wilson on theater projects, most recently an adaption of Daniil Kharm’s The Old Woman. He lives in New York.

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Black Deutschland: A Novel 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney The book was lauded as a mixture of Isherwood and Baldwin. I found it was neither. Narrated from the first person point of view, the book deal with Jed Goodfinch, a black gay American who moves to West Berlin in the 80's to escape a life of addiction and rejection. In West Berlin, he works for the architect N. I. Rosen-Montag, who has been commissioned a project to renovate several blocks in W. Berlin. The protagonist spends most of his time at ChiChi's, a gay bar in Berlin. Tormented by his second cousin Cello's bourgeois life in the City, the book narrates many tidbits that are quite boring. The characters are caricatures, I did not feel any empathy for them. The plot is non-existent -- one story after another without rhyme or reason. The first person point of view was part of the problem as other characters are hidden in Jed's perspectives. Not recommended!