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The Resource Half-blood blues : a novel, Esi Edugyan

Half-blood blues : a novel, Esi Edugyan

Label
Half-blood blues : a novel
Title
Half-blood blues
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Esi Edugyan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Berlin, 1939. The Hot-Time Swingers, a popular German American jazz band, have been forbidden to play live because the Nazis have banned their 'degenerate music.' After escaping to Paris, where they meet Louis Armstrong, the band's brilliant young trumpet-player, Hieronymus Falk, is arrested in a café by the Gestapo. It is June 1940. He is never heard from again. He is twenty years old, a German citizen. And he is black. Berlin, 1992. Falk, now a jazz legend, is the subject of a celebratory documentary. Two of the original Hot-Time Swingers American band members, Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, are invited to attend the film's premier in Berlin. As they return to the landscape of their past friendships, rivalries, loves and betrayals, Sid, the only witness to Falk's disappearance who has always refused to speak about what happened, is forced to break his silence. Sid recreates the lost world of Berlin's pre-war smoky bars, and the salons of Paris, telling his vibrant and suspenseful story in German American slang. Half-Blood Blues is a novel about music and race, love and loyalty, and marks the arrival of an extraordinarily 'gifted storyteller' (The Toronto Star)"--
Summary
Sid, the only one to witness his bandmate's disappearance at the hands of the Gestapo, breaks his silence on the incident over fifty years later when the men are reunited at a documentary premiere
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2013
  • BC Book Prizes, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, 2012
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award: Fiction, 2013.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
  • Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2011.
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10016418
Cataloging source
DLC
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Edugyan, Esi
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jazz musicians
  • Racially mixed people
  • Ex-concentration camp inmates
  • Reunions
  • Paris (France)
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • FICTION
  • Ex-concentration camp inmates
  • Jazz musicians
  • Racially mixed people
  • Reunions
  • France
  • Germany
  • Jazz music
  • Racially mixed people
  • Prisoners of war
  • Paris (France)
  • Berlin (Germany)
Target audience
adult
Label
Half-blood blues : a novel, Esi Edugyan
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Serpent's Tail, 2011
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn755698701
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781250012708
Lccn
2011044816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)755698701
Label
Half-blood blues : a novel, Esi Edugyan
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Serpent's Tail, 2011
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn755698701
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781250012708
Lccn
2011044816
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)755698701

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