Black Deutschland

A Novel by Darryl Pinckney

  • Published: Aug 04, 2020

Jedyoung, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicagoflees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is... read more

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Details of Black Deutschland

Exact title of the book
Black Deutschland
Book author
Darryl Pinckney
ISBN
9781250117977
Publisher
Picador
Published
Feb 07, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
304
File size (in PDF)
2736 kB

Some brief overview of book

Jedyoung, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicagoflees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America.

But history, both personal and political, can't be avoided with time or distance. Whether it's the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband's bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits.

And, on occasion, the city keeps its Isherwood promises and the boy he kisses, incredibly, kisses him back. An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe's brightest and darkest city.

About author

PINCKNEY, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and two works of nonfiction, Blackballed The Black Vote and US Democracy and Out There Mavericks of Black Literature. He has also collaborated with Robert Wilson on theater projects, most recently an adaption of Daniil Kharms The Old Woman. He lives in New York.

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