The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymus Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, is arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He is twenty years old. A German citizen. And he is black.
Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled.
In Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong ...
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A superbly atmospheric prologue kick-starts a thrilling story about truth and betrayal... [a] brilliant, fast-moving novel. (Kate Saunders Times 2011-08-27)
Assured, vivid and persuasive... Impressively evocative of period and place, and an effortlessly involving and dramatically unusual second novel. (Sharon O'Connell Time Out 2011-06-16)
Simply stunning, one of the freshest pieces of fiction I've read. A story I'd never heard before, told in a way I'd never seen before. I felt the whole time I was reading it like I was being let in on something, the story of a legend deconstructed. It's a world of characters so realized that I found myself at one point looking up Hieronymus Falk on Wikipedia, disbelieving he was the product of one woman's imagination (Attica Locke)
Edugyan really can write... redemptive (Bernadine Evaristo Guardian 2011-06-25)
Mesmerising... Edugyan has a perfect ear for conversations and the confusions of human love and jealousy... moving... A remarkable novel. ( Morning Star 2011-07-21)
Ingenious... (Anthony Cummins Daily Telegraph 2011-08-06)
A mature, moving second novel was very deservedly shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this week... Half Blood Blues shines with knowledge, emotional insight, and historical revisionism, yet it never becomes over-burdened by its research. The novel is truly extraordinary in its evocation of time and place, its shimmering jazz vernacular, its pitch-perfect male banter and its period slang. Edugyan never stumbles with her storytelling, not over one sentence. (Arifa Akbar Independent 2011-09-09)
This is a wonderful, vibrant, tense novel about war and its aftermath. Its author has brought both the wartime past of a devastated city and its confident reinvention of itself in a new era to life with extraordinary assurance. (Susan Hill Man Booker Prize judge 2011-09-06)
Half Blood Blues shines with knowledge, emotional insight, and historical revisionism, yet it never becomes overburdened by its research. The novel is truly extraordinary in its evocation of time and places, its shimmering jazz vernacular, its pitch-perfect male banter and its period slang. ( Canberra Times, Australia 2011-09-17)
Sid's voice... is a triumph of vernacular writing and convincingly captures the mood of the late jazz age in Europe... punchy and atmospheric. (Edmund Gordon Sunday Times 2011-09-25)
Powerful and effortlessly written ( Pride 2011-10-01)
A densely researched tale musing on timeless themes of jealousy and betrayal. (Hephzibah Anderson Daily Mail 2011-10-14)
A story so rich in texture, so deeply felt and imagined, that from the first, savoury sentences, you're hooked... Taught, evocative and utterly convincing. (Tim Heald The Lady 2011-10-14)
Edugyan's ventriloquism is a compelling, personal and authentic, her story deeply researched (Robert McCrum Observer 2011-10-16)
A moving, lyrical exploration of the plight of mixed-race immigrants rendered stateless by the Second World War (Emma Hughes Country Life 2011-10-12)
A great and original novel... tense, richly humorous and enjoyable [On the audio book edition] (Sue Gaisford Independent on Sunday 2011-10-16)
Ingenious - and the hip period slang is pitch-perfect. [On the audio book edition] (Sue Arnold Guardian 2011-10-15)
The novel is held together by Edugyan's masterly wielding of the narrative voice - a voice so constant and commanding in its articulation, so firm and assured in its rhythms, that the splintered story takes on its own enchanting rhythm... enthralling... a captivating novel of music, memory and storytelling. (Charlotte Ryland TLS 2011-10-07)
Evocative, articulate, and with a melancholy rhythm that will tease the jazz out of any reader's soul, Half Blood Blues is a masterpiece of storytelling and humanity ( Cape Times 2011-11-18)
Triumphant... a zany, original, sad, funny, eccentric, wild novel that is a constant and refreshing surprise... The novel resounds with the sound of jazz. It is a tense, nervy book, about betrayal and regret, a crime novel about male bonding and ambition. It shows that women can write about men as well as men can - and why not? (Susan Hill Mslexia 2012-01-01)
A memorable evocation of the defiant thrill of jazz at a terrible time. ( Kirkus 2012-02-01)
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. DISPATCHED FROM THE UK WITHIN 24 HOURS ( BOOKS ORDERED OVER THE WEEKEND DISPATCHED ON MONDAY) BY ROYAL MAIL. ALL OVERSEAS ORDERS SENT BY AIR MAIL. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000153563
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Book Description Serpents Tail, London, UK, 2011. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This true first edition, first printing (first impression) with the number "1" to the copyright page to indicate a true first print. A paperback original with no hardcover printed, already reprinted but this is the true first with the gold sticker 'As heard on book of Bedtime Radio 4' to the cover, this is not present on reprints.Man Booker shortlisted for 2011 and winner of the Giller Prize 2011. Bookseller Inventory # 001393