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Mumbo Jumbo (Paperback)

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The classic freewheeling look at race relations through the ages.

Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed's brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on our society. In it, Reed, one of our preeminent African-American authors, mixes portraits of historical figures and fictional characters with sound bites on subjects ranging from ragtime to Greek philosophy. Cited by literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred most significant books in the Western canon, Mumbo Jumbo is a trenchant and often biting look at black-white relations throughout history, from a keen observer of our culture.

About the Author


Ishmael Reed, a novelist, poet, essayist, and activist, is the author of more than a dozen books. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth and is currently a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California.

Praise For…


The New York Times


Part vision, part satire,part farce...A wholly original, unholy cross between the craft of fiction and witchcraft.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Author of Colored people

From its title on, Mumbo Jumbo serves as a critique of black and Western literary forms and conventions, and of the complex relationships between the two.


The Boston Globe


Brilliant, phantasmal, eccentric...A visionary comic myth.


The Saturday Review


A "HooDoo" thriller, an all-out assault on Western civilization...Reed's best novel.


James Baldwin


A great writer.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780684824772
ISBN-10: 0684824779
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: June 11th, 1996
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Scribner Paperback Fiction
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