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Chester Himes (1909–1984)

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Chester B. Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on July 29, 1909. He attended Ohio State University in Columbus, but was expelled his freshman year for a prank. He began writing short stories and having them published in national magazines such as Abbott's Monthly Magazine and Esquire while vis mere in prison for armed robbery. He was paroled after 8 years and eventually joined the Works Progress Administration, where he served as a writer with the Ohio Writers' Project. His first novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go, is about the fear, anger, and humiliation of a black employee at a racist defense plant during World War II and was published in 1945. He moved to Paris, France in the 1950s and then to Moraira, Spain in 1969. He was more popular in Europe than in the United States and primarily wrote about black protagonists plagued by white racism and self-hate. His other works include Lonely Crusade, Pinktoes, Black on Black, The Quality of Hurt, and My Life As Absurdity. He also wrote detective novels set in Harlem, New York City including Run Man, Run, The Real Cool Killers, and Blind Man with a Pistol. He won the 1958 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and the 1982 Columbus Foundation award. He died on November 12, 1984 from Parkinson's Disease. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Chester Himes

A Rage in Harlem (1957) 807 eksemplarer
If He Hollers, Let Him Go (1945) 577 eksemplarer
Cotton Comes to Harlem (1964) 521 eksemplarer
Blind Man with a Pistol (1969) 431 eksemplarer
The Real Cool Killers (1959) 423 eksemplarer
The Heat's On (1961) 288 eksemplarer
All Shot Up (1959) 276 eksemplarer
Cast the First Stone (1972) 267 eksemplarer
The Crazy Kill (1959) 224 eksemplarer
The Big Gold Dream (1960) 204 eksemplarer
Perletå (1961) 127 eksemplarer
Run Man Run (1966) 123 eksemplarer
Lonely Crusade (1947) 118 eksemplarer
The End of a Primitive (1955) 106 eksemplarer
The Harlem Cycle, Volume 1 (1996) 102 eksemplarer
The Quality of Hurt (1972) 81 eksemplarer
My Life of Absurdity (1976) 79 eksemplarer
The Third Generation (1954) 77 eksemplarer
Plan B (1983) 56 eksemplarer
A Case of Rape (1980) 55 eksemplarer
The Harlem Cycle, Volume 2 (1996) 36 eksemplarer
The Harlem Cycle, Volume 3 (1600) 32 eksemplarer
A Rage in Harlem [1991 film] (1991) — Novel — 2 eksemplarer
Faut être nègre pour faire ça (1992) 2 eksemplarer
Um jeito tranqüilo de matar (2008) 2 eksemplarer
Blind mann med pistol (1984) 1 eksemplar
algodon en harlem 1 eksemplar
Ca ne se refuse pas (1963) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s (1997) — Bidragyder — 521 eksemplarer
The Olympia Reader (1965) — Bidragyder — 279 eksemplarer
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Bidragyder — 206 eksemplarer
Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (1995) — Bidragyder — 183 eksemplarer
Erotique Noire/Black Erotica (1991) — Bidragyder — 157 eksemplarer
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (2002) — Bidragyder — 78 eksemplarer
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Bidragyder — 58 eksemplarer
Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics (2010) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America (1970) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Chester Himes created the perfect little world of 1960s Harlem in this book. Two black NYPD detectives with the nicknames of Coffin Ed and Gravedigger, which tells you a lot you need to know, investigate a reverend/swindler who’s taken $87k from people as part of a back-to-Africa scam.

Ed and Gravedigger are regular guys, family men, very brutal and very effective detectives. None of this seems contradictory. Although they work under white men they do it their way and are given allowances because white cops can’t do what they do in Harlem.

This is a well-written, fast-paced story with intricate plotting and great characters. I’ll look for others by Himes.
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Hagelstein | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 15, 2024 |
“Every time he struggled to get out, he went in deeper.”

Good first chapter, even though I have no idea how that counterfeiting process (The Blow) works! Neither does Jackson, who the story is about. He gets taken by that con, and then gets bounced about the city, trying to get his money back.

Grave Digger and Coffin Ed enter the story on page 44 (of the copy I read). They “…weren’t crooked detectives, but they were tough. They had to be to work in Harlem.”

The “Sisters of Mercy” are humorous throughout! As is Imabelle’s “trunk full of gold ore”! It's a really enjoyable read, very well written! I definitely will check out the next one in the series! Now, to get MY ashes hauled…!

“Don’t make graves.”
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Stahl-Ricco | 27 andre anmeldelser | Jul 21, 2023 |
Really strong sentences and creation of atmosphere.
eas7788 | 27 andre anmeldelser | Jun 15, 2023 |
hms_ | 15 andre anmeldelser | Nov 22, 2022 |



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