Counternarratives

Counternarratives

Conjuring slavery and witchcraft, and with bewitching powers all its own, Counternarratives continually spins history—and storytelling—on its head

Ranging from the 17th century to the present and crossing multiple continents, Counternarrative’s novellas and stories draw upon memoirs, newspaper accounts, detective stories, interrogation transcripts, and speculative fiction to create new and strange perspectives on our past and present. In “Rivers,” a free Jim meets up decades later with his former raftmate Huckleberry Finn; “An Outtake” chronicles an escaped slave’s fate in the American Revolution; “On Brazil, or Dénouement” burrows deep into slavery and sorcery in early colonial South America; and in “Blues” the great poets Langston Hughes and Xavier Villaurrutia meet in Depression-era New York and share more than secrets.

Title:Counternarratives
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780811224345
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    Counternarratives Reviews

  • Hugh

    This extraordinary book first came to my attention when it won the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize for small presses last year. I finally got round to reading it because it has been chosen f...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Within the context shaped by a musket barrel, is there any ethical responsibility besides silence, resistance and cunning?Another book drawn to my attention via the wonderful Republic of Consciousness...

  • Neil

    A review at brickmag.com says: "Throughout Counternarratives, Keene shows History to be woefully lacking in black subjectivities—more mirrors are needed, new mirrors, and this book offers up a panop...

  • Liviu

    saw this in a bookstore and couldn't put it down once I opened it, so i had to get a copy; very well written so far, a multiple strand vignette like narrative set in various places and times (starts i...

  • Tayari Jones

    The man is a genius,...

  • Tuck

    short stories and novellas mostly about colonial times in n n s amer, specifically british colonies in new england and Lusitania in the south of the porteguese, and their uses and abuses of blacks and...

  • Justin Evans

    I've put off writing a review of this book for months, because I wanted to do justice to it. I can't. It's really good, really intelligent--Keene can write, and despite setting himself up for intellec...

  • Mickey

    Wonderful book. It looks at historical moments in history from pre-Revolutionary War to present history from the viewpoints of people of color. He takes the moments that were just footnotes in a histo...

  • Erinisfantastic

    This book is brilliant. It was downright difficult to read in spots, and yet I still thought it was amazing. I did think there were a COUPLE stinker stories (if I was more fluent in history, I'm sure ...

  • Marc

    It's not so much that I enjoyed this book as I found it fascinating and rather absorbing. Keene's stories operate on so many different levels as he dramatizes history while giving voice to the margina...