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The Radiance of the King

The Radiance of the King

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Written by Camara LayeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Camara Laye
Translated by James KirkupAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by James Kirkup
Introduction by Toni MorrisonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Toni Morrison

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
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  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • On Sale: August 16, 2011
  • Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-59017-455-5 (1-59017-455-0)
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Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa. Flush with self-importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is gradually stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold to the royal harem as a slave. But in the end Clarence’s bewildering journey is the occasion of a revelation, as he discovers the image, both shameful and beautiful, of his own humanity in the alien splendor of the king.

“A classic work of modernism–a signal work in the African canon and one that every lover of literature will admire and enjoy.” –Henry Louis Gates Jr.