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"The Man Who Lived Underground reminds us that any 'greatest writers of the 20th century' list that doesn't start and end with Richard Wright is laughable. It might very well be Wright's most...
"The Man Who Lived Underground reminds us that any 'greatest writers of the 20th century' list that doesn't start and end with Richard Wright is laughable. It might very well be Wright's most...
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  • "The Man Who Lived Underground reminds us that any 'greatest writers of the 20th century' list that doesn't start and end with Richard Wright is laughable. It might very well be Wright's most brilliantly crafted, and ominously foretelling, book." —Kiese Laymon

    A major literary event: an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and violence in America by the legendary author of Native Son and Black Boy

    Fred Daniels, a Black man, is picked up by the police after a brutal double murder and tortured until he confesses to a crime he did not commit. After signing a confession, he escapes from custody and flees into the city's sewer system.

    This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a never-before-seen masterpiece by Richard Wright. Written between his landmark books Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), at the height of his creative powers, it would see publication in Wright's lifetime only in drastically condensed and truncated form, and ultimately be included in the posthumous short story collection Eight Men (1961). Now, for the first time, by special arrangement with the author's estate, the full text of the work that meant more to Wright than any other ("I have never written anything in my life that stemmed more from sheer inspiration") is published in the form that he intended, complete with his companion essay, "Memories of My Grandmother." Malcolm Wright, the author's grandson, contributes an afterword.

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  • Richard Wright won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Ethan Herisse gives a subtle heartbreaking performance in this previously unpublished novel by Richard Wright. Fred Daniels is returning home from work to his pregnant wife when he is accosted by police and tortured into a false confession. Escaping into the sewer, Daniels wanders underground in an allegorical fever dream that mirrors the state of midcentury Black America. Since the story is largely internal and surreal, Herisse gives Daniels an understated tone as he struggles to comprehend his circumstances and actions while living in the sewer. This allows the scenes in which Daniels encounters others, especially the police, to crackle with terror and confusion. Herisse returns to steady assuredness in the accompanying essay, "Memories of My Grandmother," and the afterword by Malcolm Wright, Richard's grandson. N.M. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine

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