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Coming Through Slaughter - Michael Ondaatje

Picador, 1984, Paperback ..
Condition: Near Fine.

From the cover: “Coming Through Slaughter is based on the life of cornet player Buddy Bolden, one of the legendary jazz pioneers of turn-of-the-century New Orleans. Ostensibly a novel, Coming Through Slaughter is a documentary recreation of Bolden’s life, expressed through a collage of fragmented memoirs, interviews, archival material, hospital files. These bits of historical data are entwined with imaginary conversations and monologues which attempt to explain Bolden’s life and aspirations in the context of backstreet New Orleans. The result is an often brilliantly wrought, cinematic series of short scenes, jagged, dislocated and seemingly spontaneous, that also approximate the quality of music that stuttered or flowed out of Bolden’s cornet.”
Number of Pages: 160
ISBN: 0330282522

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