The Sellout
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The Sellout

1st paperback ed

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016

Outrageous, hilarious and profound. Simon Schama, Financial Times

The longer you stare at Beatty's pages, the smarter you'll get. Guardian

The most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I've read. New York Times

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that's left is a bill for a drive-through funeral.
What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

In his trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.

Book information

ISBN: 9781786071460
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Imprint: Oneworld
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 268g
Height: 192mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 23mm