'One of the most important American novels of the twentieth century' The Times
'It is sometimes advantageous to be unseen, although it is most often rather wearing on the nerves'
Ralph Ellison's blistering and impassioned first novel tells the extraordinary story of a man invisible 'simply because people refuse to see me'. Published in 1952 when American society was in the cusp of immense change, the powerfully depicted adventures of Ellison's invisible man - from his expulsion from a Southern college to a terrifying Harlem race riot - go far beyond the story of one individual to give voice to the experience of an entire generation of black Americans.
This edition includes Ralph Ellison's introduction to the thirtieth anniversary edition of Invisible Man, a fascinating account of the novel's seven-year gestation.
With an Introduction by John F. Callahan
'Brilliant' Saul Bellow
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David Olusoga: "One of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. Invisible Man catalogues how American racism pushes the central narrator to the margins of his society and even—when he is involuntarily given electric shock treatment—to the edge of insanity, making him 'invisible', unwanted and devalued. A shocking, brilliantly written and at times angry novel that has rightly remained in print for more than half a century."
Riveting from beginning to end, some exquisite writing....essential reading