Invisible ManeBook - 1995
The book's nameless narrator describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", before retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land , Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
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In this seminal classic, a young black man searches for his identity in an America that is unwilling to acknowledge the individuality and humanity of black Americans. "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. "
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What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
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