Pym: A Novel by Mat Johnson

By Mat Johnson

A comedian trip into the last word land of whiteness via an not going band of African American adventurers
 
lately canned professor of yankee literature Chris Jaynes is keen about The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe’s unusual and in basic terms novel. whilst he discovers the manuscript of a crude slave narrative that turns out to substantiate the truth of Poe’s fiction, he resolves to find Tsalal, the distant island of natural and utter blackness that Poe describes with horror. Jaynes imagines it to be the final untouched bastion of the African Diaspora and the foremost to his own salvation.

He convenes an all-black group of six to stick to Pym’s path to the South Pole looking for experience, ordinary assets to take advantage of, and, for Jaynes at the least, the legendary global of the radical. With little however the firsthand account from which Poe derived his seafaring story, a bag of bones, and a stash of Little Debbie snack muffins, Jaynes embarks on an epic trip less than the permafrost of Antarctica, underneath the skin of yankee historical past, and in the back of one in all literature’s nice mysteries. He reveals that right here, there be monsters.

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