Mumbo Jumbo (Scribner Paperback Fiction) (Paperback)

By Ishmael Reed

Scribner Book Company, 9780684824772, 224pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 1996

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The classic freewheeling look at race relations through the ages.

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.

About the Author

Ishmael Reed, a novelist, poet, essayist, and activist, is the author of more than a dozen books. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth and is currently a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California.

Praise For Mumbo Jumbo (Scribner Paperback Fiction)

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.

James Baldwin

A great writer.