Erasure. A Novel. Percival Everett. Erasure. download cover image. “With equal measures of sympathy and satire, [Erasure] craftily addresses. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood Misery by Stephen King The Shining by Stephen King Erasure by Percival Everett Possession by A.S. Byatt. When I first read Percival Everett’s Erasure, it was assigned to me by Gregory Pardlo. Years removed from his Pulitzer Prize, Pardlo was a.

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Review: Erasure by Percival Everett | Books | The Guardian

He’s too good a writer to squander his talents on this worn-out series. I mostly liked this book, however, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

Tired of seeing his avant garde novels pigeon-holed in the Afro American sections of book stores, and outraged at the popularity of We’s Lives in da Ghettoa self consciously “street” work of imbecilic trash, Monk decides to compose his own work of “urban fiction” under a pseudonymand finds to his horror that what he wrote as a parody has taken the literary world fverett storm.

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Selling out to the ghetto

Yet the book is not so alarmingly dishonest. In a good way. I want to be certain that you’re all right. Unprepared for his pseudonymous success— My Pafology was written as an ironic parody, after all—Monk must then deal with the social and psychological repercussions of his newfound literary fame: Eeasure a black artist black, then an artist, an artist, then black, or is this just a dumb ass question that people need to finally stop asking?


So he writes an astoundingly awful, racist book—a parody of popular ghetto fiction. And I loved this story about what it means to be a black writer, or to be black in general. I stab Mama cause I hate her. Everett would never talk about his work like this.

The work is smarter than I am. Jul 19, Mary rated it it was amazing. I just don’t think that it is what is wrong with publishing. Finding Drasure in Racism 1 20 Sep 03, Ellison becomes a judge for a major book award and My Pafology title changed to Fuck gets nominated, forcing the author to come to terms with his perverse literary joke.

Where are this book’s readers? He will return home to his family, to his life, to his painting, and never see her earsure. And here’s Estleman’s reaction after I interviewed Robert B.

Assumption and Erasure By Percival Everett

Your desire that it be that way will enslave you and make your life vacuous. Advances are lower than they used to be, multi-book deals are becoming as quaint as hoop skirts, and, thanks partially to the rise of ebooks, the author payout per book sale is shrinking. Of course, he submits it to his agent and the book everert attention, raves and an obscenely large advance.

So Much Blue is not about race even though race is an important theme in the book. It sometimes comes off a tad heavy handed as well. The other aspect being: Only the book gets accepted as a serious depiction of the African-American experience, and now he feels pressure to take the money and guest appearances offered to him, and to become a sell-out who is misrepresenting the community as a whole, because he needs the cash to look after his family.


The story is, quite frankly, exceptional. Published October 2nd by Hyperion first published In fact, Assumption is not so much a satirical eevrett of a large, American bugbear as much as it is a literal exploration, a meditation on the nature of truth, violence, and the human propensity for denial and deception, self-inflicted and otherwise.

In the world that I grew up, books — at least certain books — were seen as something dangerous, something to be wary wrasure and keep at a perxival if possible. Complex, fascinating, wonderful reading. In and of itself, that part of the book would be worth reading. The novel’s plot revolves around many things, but is essentially about the consequences of turning one’s art into a simple commodity; i.