Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

Esi Edugyan


Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Man Booker Prize Finalist 2011
An Oprah Magazine most sensible ebook of the Year

Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction

Berlin, 1939. the new Time Swingers, a favored jazz band, has been forbidden to play via the Nazis. Their younger trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by way of none except Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. he's by no means heard from back. He used to be 20 years outdated, a German citizen. And he was once black.

Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. sizzling Time Swingers band contributors Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, either African american citizens from Baltimore, have seemed in a documentary approximately Falk. once they are invited to wait the film's most well known, Sid's position in Falk's destiny may be puzzled and the 2 outdated musicians trigger on a stunning and unusual trip.

From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader via a desirable, little-known international as he describes the friendships, amorous affairs and treacheries that ended in Falk's incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a narrative approximately tune and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and insist of others, within the identify of art.

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