Author: Charles Johnson

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Book:Middle Passage

Middle Passage

Charles Johnson

It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly treed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a daring voyage of horror and self-discovery.

Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative, and philosophical novel.

Book:The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Tales and Conjurations

Charles Johnson

Interweaving the real and the surreal, Charles Johnson spins eight extraordinary tales of transformations and metamorphoses.

An Illinois farmer teaches a young slave everything he knows—with fatal consequences. A young boy growing to manhood as a country sorcerer’s apprentice learns the difference between power and strength. From the first piece to the last, these stories capture very real human experiences in a new and startling light.

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