The Man Who Cried I Am


by Williams, John A. | Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Published 24/04/2024 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 528 pages

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Max Reddick, a novelist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter, has spent his career struggling against the riptide of race in America. Now terminally ill, he has nothing left to lose. An expat for many years, Max returns to Europe one last time to settle an old debt with his estranged Dutch wife, Margrit, and to attend the Paris funeral of his friend, rival, and mentor Harry Ames. Among Harry?s papers, Max uncovers explosive secret government documents outlining ?King Alfred?, a plan to be implemented in the event of widespread racial unrest and aiming ?to terminate, once and for all, the Minority threat to the whole of the American society?. Realizing that Harry has been assassinated, Max must risk everything to get the documents to the one man who can help. Greeted as a masterpiece when it was published in 1967, The Man Who Cried I Am stakes out a range of experience rarely seen in American fiction: from the life of a Black GI to the ferment of postcolonial Africa to an insider?s view of Washington politics in the era of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. John A. Williams and his lost classic are overdue for rediscovery.