The White Boy Shuffle: A Novel, Edition 2

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Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle, is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people."
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About the author

Paul Beatty is also the author of the novel Tuff and two books of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He lives in New York City.

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Picador
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Published on
Dec 23, 2014
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781466887824
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English
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Fiction / African American / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Sports
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Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

New York Times Bestseller

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review

Named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, The Denver Post, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly

Named a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" Blog

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident—the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins—he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

David Szalay
Finalist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2016 Paris Review Plimpton Prize for Fiction

A magnificent and ambitiously conceived portrait of contemporary life, by a genius of realism

Nine men. Each of them at a different stage in life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving--in the suburbs of Prague, in an overdeveloped Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a dingy Cyprus hotel--to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing a dramatic arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, the ostensibly separate narratives of All That Man Is aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence, a picture that interrogates the state of modern manhood while bringing to life, unforgettably, the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized Europe. And so these nine lives form an ingenious and new kind of novel, in which David Szalay expertly plots a dark predicament for the twenty-first-century man.

Dark and disturbing, but also often wickedly and uproariously comic, All That Man Is is notable for the acute psychological penetration Szalay brings to bear on his characters, from the working-class ex-grunt to the pompous college student, the middle-aged loser to the Russian oligarch. Steadily and mercilessly, as this brilliantly conceived book progresses, the protagonist at the center of each chapter is older than the last one, it gets colder out, and All That Man Is gathers exquisite power. Szalay is a writer of supreme gifts--a master of a new kind of realism that vibrates with detail, intelligence, relevance, and devastating pathos.

Paul Beatty
 Laureat Nagrody Bookera w 2016 roku!

„Niebywale śmieszna, wybornie obrazoburcza, zjadliwie inteligentna parodia naszej kultury”. The San Francisco Chronicle

Dzieło satyrycznego geniusza w szczytowej formie, kwestionuje niemal każdą obiegową prawdę na temat amerykańskiego społeczeństwa. Poruszająca, ważna powieść, niebywałe i niebywale zabawne oskarżenie naszych czasów.

Narrator Sprzedawczyka, urodzony w „rolniczym getcie” Dickens, na południowych przedmieściach Los Angeles, był w dzieciństwie obiektem badań psychologicznych o podłożu rasowym. Teraz pędzi żywot Kalifornijczyka z niższej klasy średniej. Wychowuje go samotny ojciec, kontrowersyjny socjolog, który zapewniał, że jego pamiętniki rozwiążą ich problemy finansowe. Kiedy jednak ojciec ginie w policyjnej strzelaninie, bohater zdaje sobie sprawę, że nigdy nie było żadnych pamiętników. Zostaje mu tylko rachunek za pośpieszny pogrzeb.

Zwiedziony i rozczarowany stanem, w jakim znalazło się jego rodzinne miasto, narrator próbuje naprawić krzywdę: przed laty, żeby oszczędzić Kalifornii dalszego wstydu, Dickens zostało dosłownie wymazane z mapy. Z pomocą najsławniejszego mieszkańca miasta – ostatniego żyjącego członka Klanu Urwisów, Sorgo Jenkinsa – podejmuje się niewyobrażalnie odrażającego czynu: na nowo wprowadza niewolnictwo, a w miejscowym liceum – segregację, co doprowadza go przed oblicze Sądu Najwyższego.

„Sprzedawczyk porywa cię i porzuca w zupełnie innym miejscu”. The New York Times

„Sprzedawczyk to jedna z najważniejszych i najtrudniejszych amerykańskich powieści, jakie powstały w XXI wieku. Bolesna książka, której czytelnicy zapewne nigdy nie zapomną”. Los Angeles Times

„Arcydzieło dowcipu, a co więcej – jedna z najmądrzejszych i najuczciwszych od bardzo dawna refleksji na temat rasy i tożsamości w Ameryce”. NPR.org

Paul Beatty
La novela sobre los conflictos raciales más entrañable y desternillante jamás escrita logró el Man Booker Prize de 2016. Después de que su padre sea asesinado por la policía, nuestro protagonista, un agricultor urbano y fumador habitual de marihuana, se embarca en un controvertido experimento social: reintroducir la esclavitud en una comunidad afroamericana de la California contemporánea. Por si esto fuera poco, decide también abrazar la causa de reubicar en el mapa a Dickens, su ciudad natal, un villorrio de mala muerte del que no se conserva rastro alguno en ningún mapa de la región y cuyos habitantes ni siquiera son dignos de figurar en el listín telefónico, pues así lo ha decidido el mercado de la especulación inmobiliaria. Con todo, no le falta tiempo para hacer de la segregación racial para con los blancos un arma de motivación, inspiración y superación para la comunidad afroamericana del lugar y de sus vecinos mexicanos, a quienes les une un profundo desprecio por un enemigo común virtual del que ya no tienen noticias. Sobre tan disfuncional y variopinta estampa arranca esta desternillante novela que hizo las delicias del jurado del Man Booker Prize. Una escandalosa tragicomedia que explora el legado de la esclavitud y las desigualdades económicas y raciales de la América actual. Man Booker Prize 2016 "El lector tiene la constante sensación de estar traspasando las fronteras de lo posible y lo permisible. La poesía de sus frases resuena con un vigor que nace de un riguroso auto escrutinio." The Guardian "Una novela de nuestro tiempo, de un ingenio salvaje que recuerda a las novelas de Jonathan Swift o Mark Twain." Amanda Foreman, columnista en The Wall Street Journal y The Sunday Times "La novela sobre las razas más perversa publicada en la América de Obama." The Daily Beast
Paul Beatty
Winner of the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

New York Times Bestseller

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review

Named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, The Denver Post, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly

Named a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" Blog

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident—the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins—he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

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