Quicksand

Quicksand &, Passing - Serpent's Tail Classics

Omnibus ed

Paperback (22 May 2014)

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Synopsis

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga and Alexander Skarsgard. A writer of the Harlem Renaissance, Nella Larsen wrote just two novels, published here, and a handful of short stories. Critically acclaimed, both speak powerfully of the contradictions and restrictions experienced by black women at that time. Quicksand, written in 1928, is an autobiographical novel about Helga Crane, a mixed race woman caught between fulfilling her desires and gaining respectability in her middle class neighbourhood. Written a year later, Passing tells the story of two childhood friends, Clare and Irene, both light skinned enough to pass as white. Reconnecting in adulthood, Clare has chosen to live as a white woman, while Irene embraces black culture and has an important role in her community. Nella Larsen's novels are moving, characterful, and important books. She pioneered writing about the conflicts of sexuality, race and the secret suffering of women in the early twentieth century.

Book information

ISBN: 9781846687853
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pub date:
Edition: Omnibus ed
DEWEY: 813.52
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 214g
Height: 177mm
Width: 148mm
Spine width: 17mm