Re: RARA-AVIS: Himes/Sallis/???

M-T (
Sun, 21 Feb 1999 22:53:52 -0500 Nicole:

<<First a belated thanks to Kevin for welcoming me to the list for those
of you who sent me info on Chester Himes and his works and set me
straight to the fact that they were not written in French first. In the
paper this morning, there was mention of a new publication - for the
first time they have compiled in French, his short stories.>>

Himes's complete stories are also available in English from Thunder's
Mouth Press; I treasure this collection and reread it frequently,
picking stories at random. Some of these short tales are very moving,
especially those about jail, justice (!), and the downtrodden in the old
days. There is also that dark-toned, deadpan humor that I love so much
in Himes. A superb collection. I don't think the NYT gave it the time of
day when it came out, but I could be wrong. They rarely miss a book
about cats, though, which makes me think a bit.


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