Re: RARA-AVIS: Chester Himes question

From: Stewart Wilson (
Date: 15 Oct 2007

Hi Keith,
 According to CHESTER HIMES A LIFE by James Sallis, Himes never really managed to even speak French, let alone write in it. He summarizes nicely:

 "All those years, and all the years to come, The French language and Chester Himes were to stand staring one another down across an impassable river." (pg 251)


On 10/14/07, logan keith (keith) <> wrote:
> I just finished reading FOR THE LOVE OF IMABELLE (aka A RAGE IN HARLEM).
> I loved it. It is basically my first Himes. I have read that when living
> in France he did his writing in French. Is this true? There is no
> translator credited in the English version I have; did Himes then
> translate these books himself for English-language publication?
> I am quite curious about this, and research on the net has brought
> contradictory info. Does anyone here know what's what?
> Much obliged, Keith
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Stewart Wilson
Toronto, ON

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