The Cattle Killing

by John Wideman

In plague-ridden eighteenth-century Philadelphia, a young itinerant black preacher searches for a mysterious, endangered African woman. His struggle to find her and save them both plummets them both into the nightmare of a society violently splitting itself into white and black. Spiraling outward from the core image of a cattle killing--the Xhosa people's ritual destruction of their herd in a vain attempt to resist European domination--the novel expands its narrator's search for meaning and love into the America, Europe and South Africa of yesterday and today.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780395877500
  • ISBN-10: 0395877504
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 09/15/1997
  • Carton Quantity: 50
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  • About the Book
    In plague-ridden eighteenth-century Philadelphia, a young itinerant black preacher searches for a mysterious, endangered African woman. His struggle to find her and save them both plummets them both into the nightmare of a society violently splitting itself into white and black. Spiraling outward from the core image of a cattle killing--the Xhosa people's ritual destruction of their herd in a vain attempt to resist European domination--the novel expands its narrator's search for meaning and love into the America, Europe and South Africa of yesterday and today.

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    "Captivating Language and emotion" The San Francisco Chronicle

    "Fiercely beutiful and deeply affecting" Vanity Fair

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