By Ishmael Reed
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684824772, 224pp.
Publication Date: June 11, 1996
Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed's brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on our society. In it, Reed, one of our preeminent African-American authors, mixes portraits of historical figures and fictional characters with sound bites on subjects ranging from ragtime to Greek philosophy. Cited by literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred most significant books in the Western canon, Mumbo Jumbo is a trenchant and often biting look at black-white relations throughout history, from a keen observer of our culture.
The New York Times
Part vision, part satire,part farce...A wholly original, unholy cross between the craft of fiction and witchcraft.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Author of Colored people
From its title on, Mumbo Jumbo serves as a critique of black and Western literary forms and conventions, and of the complex relationships between the two.
The Boston Globe
Brilliant, phantasmal, eccentric...A visionary comic myth.
The Saturday Review
A "HooDoo" thriller, an all-out assault on Western civilization...Reed's best novel.
A great writer.