Ishmael Reedas inspired fable of the ragtime era, in which a social movement threatens to suppress the spread of black cultureahailed by Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred greatest books of the Western canon In 1920s America, a plague is spreading fast. From New Orleans to Chicago to New York, the aJes Grewa epidemic makes people desperate to dance, overturning social norms in the process. Anyone is vulnerable and when they catch it, theyall bump and grind into a frenzy. Working to combat the Jes Grew infection are the puritanical Atonists, a group bent on cultivating a aTalking Android, a an African American who will infiltrate the unruly black communities and help crush the outbreak. But PaPa LaBas, a houngan voodoo priest, is determined to keep his ancient cultureaincluding a key spiritual textaalive. Spanning a dizzying host of genres, from cinema to academia to mythology, Mumbo Jumbo is a lively ride through a key decade of American history. In addition to ragtime, blues, and jazz, Reedas allegory draws on the Harlem Renaissance, the Back to Africa movement, and Americaas occupation of Haiti. His style throughout is as avant-garde and vibrant as the music at its center. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ishmael Reed including rare images of the author.Spanning a dizzying host of genres, from cinema to academia to mythology, Mumbo Jumbo is a lively ride through a key decade of American history.
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