If He Hollers Let Him Go

Author(s): Chester Himes

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Robert Jones is a crew leader in a naval shipyard in Los Angeles in the 1940s. He should have a lot going for him, being educated, with a steady job and a steady relationship. But in the four days covered in this novel, the impossibility of life as a black man in a white world is made devastatingly clear. Jones is surrounded by prejudice, suspicion and paranoia, and his daily experiences influence his thoughts, dreams and behaviour. Immediately recognised as a masterful expose of racism in everyday life, If He Hollers Let Him Go is Chester Himes' first book, originally published in 1945.


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Acclaimed expose of racism in mid-twentieth century USA, now a Serpent's Tail Classic

Chester Himes was born in Missouri in 1909 and grew up in Cleveland. As a child, he was deeply traumatised when his brother, badly injured in an accident, was refused hospital treatment due to the Jim Crow laws. At nineteen years old he was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for committing an armed robbery. During that time he began writing short stories, and after his release published several acclaimed Harlem thrillers and novels, including The Crazy Kill, The Real Cool Killers, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Lovely Crusade and an autobiography, The Quality of Hurt. In the 1950s he moved to Paris, and he died in Spain in 1984.

General Fields

  • : 9781781255667
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Serpent's Tail
  • : 0.231
  • : January 2016
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 272
  • : Paperback
  • : Chester Himes