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CLIFFORD'S BLUES by John A. Williams/SIGNED & INSCRIBED

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Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR RARE-------------CLIFFORD'S BLUES by John A. Williams. THIS IS A SIGNED AND INSCRIBED EDITION!! "...arguably the finest African-American novelist of his generation." Inspired by a little known fact about WWII, Williams (Captain Blackman) creates a chillingly lifelike account of the treatment of black people by the Nazis. In the parlance of the time, Williams's protagonist refers to himself as a gay Negro; he's a jazz pianist in 1930s Berlin who runs afoul of the ascendant Nazis and is imprisoned for 12 years in Dachau. "My name's Clifford Pepperidge and I am in trouble," the narrator announces on May 28, 1933, in the first page of his diary, which ends inconclusively on April 28, 1945, as the Americans liberate Dachau. Clifford's journal is framed by letters dated 1986 that trace how the diary was passed along and eventually published. Embroiled in a sexual scandal with a wealthy American embassy attache, the New Orleans-born Clifford is effectively stripped of his identity and accused of "immorality to the state." At Dachau, he encounters SS officer Dieter Lange, who once haunted the same jazz and gay clubs as Clifford, and now becomes his protector and lover, using him as a "calfactor" or houseboy, and gaining prominence among the other SS for throwing parties at which Clifford plays the piano. The diary is filled with harrowingly authentic details about the workings of the camp: the ranking among the prisoners by colored triangles, the bargaining for food and sex, the brutality of the guards and increasingly horrific conditions. While Clifford's own situation is relatively privileged, he often compares the treatment of the other prisoners he observes to slavery in America. Williams's ear for black dialect, especially musical references, is superb and his knowledge of jazz impressive. Where the early entries deal with the long overture toward war, the later ones increase in tension as Hitler's aggression unravels. Clifford emerges as a naif, often willfully ignorant but never cruel; his diary, though fictional, is an eloquent testimony to the largely unknown sufferings of blacks, not only African-Americans but "colored men" from all countries, who were incarcerated in WWII concentration camps. You are bidding on the OVERSIZED, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED Coffee House First Edition from 1998. Other than cover creasing and a page split pp.104-105 (fully intact--easily taped), both the cover and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc. (see photo). Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. I gladly accept PayPal and as preferable forms of payment (no personal checks!). Paypal is an acceptable alternative. I will ship internationally for additional charges. So bid soon and often for this magnificent, impossible-to-find LITERARY COLLECTIBLE. *note: if a book is listed as a first edition, it is either described as "stated" (specific words or number line) or "only stated" (only mentioned edition) WANT TO SEE MORE?? COME VISIT MY STORE---BARRY'S BARGAIN BIN! OVER 4500 UNIQUE TITLES (no duplication) AND GROWING!!! BOOKS ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FIRST EDITION ! MUSIC! EVERYTHING (except death and taxes) IS NEGOTIABLE! IF BEST OFFER IS NOT A LISTED CHOICE, SEND ME A NOTE AND IT WILL BE. MAKE ME AN OFFER I CAN'T REFUSE!!----ALL REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!! (OCCASIONALLY, AN UNREASONABLE ONE AS WELL)---(NO HORSE'S HEAD IN THE BED, PLEASE!) CLICK HERE---- ****PLUS**** Check my auction listings for the STEAL OF THE DAY-----ONE BOOK---ONE BUCK---TAKE A LOOK---GOOD LUCK!!! Click Here---- Auctions Be sure to add me to your favorites list! Check out my other items! ****NEW IN THE STORE**** Every day is a sale day---50%25 off all items in a particular category---click here to see today's sale---
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