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Ishmael Reed

Autor(a) de Mumbo Jumbo

62+ Works 3,281 Membros 36 Críticas 14 Favorited

About the Author

Poet and novelist Ismael Reed was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 22, 1938 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. After attending the State University of New York at Buffalo, he moved to New York City, where he became a co-founder of the East Village Other, a journal of experimental writing. mostrar mais From New York, he moved to Berkeley, California, and started the Yardbird Publishing Company. Reed's fiction draws upon myth, magic, and ritual to produce a literature that attempts to be larger than life. He has been called an ironist, whose explorations of United States history in general and African American history in particular reveal deep scars in the culture that no amount of technology can heal. Reed tries to incorporate multimedia and nonlinear techniques into his writing style. He has defended his eclectic techniques with spirit, however: "Many people call my fiction muddled, crazy, incoherent because I've attempted in fiction the techniques and forms painters, dancers, film makers, musicians in the West have taken for granted for at least 50 years, and the artists of many other cultures, for thousands of years." His other published books include: six collections of poetry, including: New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007; eight collections of essays, most recently Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers (2010); Gethsemane Park; The Reed Reader (2000); Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (2003); and six plays, collected by Dalkey Archive Press as Ishmael Reed, The Plays (2009). (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Ishmael Reed

Mumbo Jumbo (1972) 987 exemplares
Flight to Canada (1976) 319 exemplares
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969) 241 exemplares
The Freelance Pallbearers (1968) 168 exemplares
The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974) 131 exemplares
Japanese by Spring (1993) 129 exemplares
The Terrible Twos (1982) 122 exemplares
Reckless Eyeballing (1986) 98 exemplares
Airing Dirty Laundry (1993) 69 exemplares
Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (2003) 64 exemplares
The Terrible Threes (1989) 61 exemplares
The Reed Reader (2000) 55 exemplares
Malcolm and Me (2020) — Autor — 41 exemplares
Shrovetide in Old New Orleans (1978) 39 exemplares
Juice! (2011) 31 exemplares
New and Collected Poems 1964-2007 (2007) 19 exemplares
Chattanooga; poems (1973) 18 exemplares
New and Collected Poems (1988) 17 exemplares
The Complete Muhammad Ali (2015) 16 exemplares
Conversations with Ishmael Reed (1995) 14 exemplares
Ishmael Reed: The Plays (2009) 11 exemplares
19 Necromancers From Now: An Anthology of Original American Writings for the 1970s (1970) — Editor, introduction; Autor — 10 exemplares
Conjugating Hindi (2018) 10 exemplares
A Secretary to the Spirits (1978) 9 exemplares
Calafia, the California Poetry (1979) 9 exemplares
Contemplación temeraria (1991) 4 exemplares
Quilt 1 (1981) 3 exemplares
Life Among the Aryans (2022) 2 exemplares
The Fool Who Thought Too Much (2020) 2 exemplares
Black Hollywood Unchained (2015) 2 exemplares
Yardbird Reader Volume Five (1976) 2 exemplares
Ishmael Reed (1993) 2 exemplares
Y'bird (1978) 2 exemplares
Quilt 3 (1982) 2 exemplares
Y'Bird Magazine 1 exemplar
Yardbird Reader 1 exemplar
Mambo dżambo 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Up from Slavery (1901) — Introdução, algumas edições4,095 exemplares
Soul on Ice (1968) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,655 exemplares
Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições718 exemplares
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Contribuidor — 584 exemplares
The Black Poets (1983) — Contribuidor — 347 exemplares
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuidor — 319 exemplares
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contribuidor — 162 exemplares
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
The Vintage Book of African American Poetry (2000) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
The State of the Language [1980] (1980) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground (2013) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (2016) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Superfiction, or The American Story Transformed: An Anthology (1975) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Soulscript: Afro-American Poetry (1970) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Black and Conservative (1966) — Introdução, algumas edições25 exemplares
For Neruda, For Chile: An International Anthology (1975) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden (2017) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Race Traitor 10 (1999) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky (2016) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Antaeus No. 21/22, Spring/Summer 1976 - Special Essay Issue (1976) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
New World Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2/3 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Read this for class. It was interesting and kind of frustrating. I never understood satire in books and this was no exception. I just didn't get it. However, I did end up enjoying the story somewhat. However, it did have something I really liked. The title of the book is also a book in the book. The main character uses a book called Japanese by Spring to learn Japanese. This is just something I enjoy in books, it makes a nice little circle.
HeartofGold900 | Dec 3, 2022 |
Usually, I'm not a fan of satire, (it goes over my head), but wow, this book is crazy!
HeartofGold900 | 3 outras críticas | Dec 3, 2022 |
Wanted to like this, but I just couldn't get into it
TerryDug | 11 outras críticas | Jun 1, 2021 |
There are reports that a strange contagion is sweeping the country, playing hide and seek with the authorities, jumping from one neighborhood to another. Some people think it’s a hoax; others are convinced it is a conspiracy to destroy Western civilization. In Mumbo Jumbo, Ishmael Reed reimagined the past (all the way back) and predicted the future.

Reed drops some clues early as to what he’s getting at. The outbreak (after a fleeting episode in the 1890s) erupts in Congo Square in 1920—not coincidentally the year Charlie Parker was born. Infections spread from New Orleans to Chicago then threaten New York. Mumbo Jumbo. The Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance ain’t what they seem.

The new plague is a kind of anti-plague, really, one that enlivens rather than kills its host, causing an outbreak of dancing and sensuousness, people wriggling like fish, ‘lusting after relevance,’ ebullient and ecstatic.

Even the sap in the maple trees moves nasty.

In Reed’s multifaceted presentation, black music & dance, poetry & painting—favoring spontaneity, creativity and free expression over the strictures that would shackle the human spirit—were a challenge to the aesthetic order, and a threat to Western civilization more generally. The battle between opposing aesthetics was an early-20th c. American manifestation of an ancient conflict with origins in Egypt (Sun Ra was right!), renewed in late antiquity when the Church drove the rites associated with the pagan gods underground, where they persisted. The only remedy that the Church and the forces of order thenceforward knew was to ‘beat the living shit out of them.’ The 1915 invasion of Haiti by US Marines was intended as a preemptive strike against a Vodoun invasion, and Warren Harding was pushed into the presidency by agents of a secret society determined to thwart the spread of the ass-shaking epidemic. The plan goes off the rails when Harding exposes the Holy War in Haiti and then is spotted at a rent party in Harlem, with music and dancing as cover for a ‘chitterling switch’ to raise money for an anti-lynching campaign. Harding is suspected of speaking in code to blacks (“The Negro should be the Negro and not an imitation White man”) and of hiding his Negro ancestry and thus must be eliminated as Garfield was. Meanwhile, Marcus Garvey and Black Herman are subverting the intentions of the New Negro to assume his place in the established order; the last remnants of the Knights Templar are in hot pursuit of a band of mu’tafikah that is looting museums (‘pirate dens’) in a campaign to return stolen art to its origins; and the ancient rites have resurfaced as samizdat. At their wits’ end, the agents of order are forced to fight fire with fire—publishing a literary magazine as an organ of disinformation, and concocting a plot to impoverish the country so that people cannot afford radios.

A houngan explains that outbreaks of the dancing plague occurred because the mysteries had no text to turn to. A lost liturgy was seeking its litany. The genius of black people in America, says the houngan, is that they were dumped here on their own without the Book to tell them where the spirits were or how to perform the rites to invoke them and so they made up their own. Blues. Ragtime. Jazz. Inadvertently, they preserved and advanced the Work. With Mumbo Jumbo, the Work once more finds its Word.

Remember to feed the loas.
… (mais)
JazzBookJournal | 11 outras críticas | Feb 9, 2021 |



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