Re: RARA-AVIS: Bastard child

Date: 29 Feb 2004


THE PRIMITIVE is a much-altered. considerably cut version of what Himes wrote -- still very powerful, and of course that's the way I first read it. But Old Books a few years back issued the full version under the name Himes originally intended, and it's much better to go there. Same thing with YESTERDAY WILL MAKE YOU CRY, which originally came out as CAST THE FIRST STONE in a severely truncated edition.

I don't know what edition you have of I'LL SPIT ON YOUR GRAVES, but I wrote an introduction to the UK edition from Canongate. I might also point out that Tam Tam Books (which most recently published SPIT here in the States) has just published a new translation of Vian's small masterpiece L'ECUME DES JOURS as FOAM OF THE DAZE.


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