The Ishango Bone

The Ishango Bone

by Paul Hastings Wilson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470059828
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2012
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Paul Hastings Wilson, winner of the Dana Award for Short Fiction, is the author of novels, novellas, short stories and poetry. His fiction takes the reader on journeys that plumb some of the most harrowing, bizarre and resonant byways of the human experience. They include spiritual quests, trials by fire, ribald digressions and detours into moral quagmires where consciousness is driven to the edge of an abyss. Examples include:

• "In the Wilderness of Zin," concerning questions of justice and morality in the aftermath of a bloody revolution in North Africa;
• "The Ishango Bone," concerning an enigmatic young woman from obscure and humble beginnings in North Africa who defies convention to rise in the contentious, male-dominated field of abstract mathematics to become a world-renowned number theorist and the price she pays for solving the greatest mystery of the mathematical world.
• "Hunger's Season" follows the adventures of an odd couple, an ex-baseball star of the Negro leagues and a young jazz musician, to explore the personal ambitions and conflicts of interest that arise among a vivid set of characters in diverse walks of life in a small Southern community in the early bitter and violent days of the Civil Rights Movement;
• "Blues By the Numbers," the escapades of a Louisiana jazz band and its wry piano player and master signifier who is forced by a brutal incident of racial violence into monstrous behavior;
• "The House On Horatio Street," a poignant murder mystery in the heart of the New York literary scene;
• "Veins of the Earth," the anguish of a doting single parent entrapped in child abuse.

A past senior editor at McGraw-Hill and a devotee of jazz, theater and the martial arts, Mr. Wilson has also co-authored "Today: A Text-Workbook for English Language and Composition" and "Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Martial Art." Mr. Wilson's work has been published by Blue Atlas Press, McGraw-Hill, Center Magazine, Harper & Row and Avon Books, and a program on WBAI-FM radio in New York has been devoted to his poetry.

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