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Matt Ruff
Lovecraft Country
Hanser: €24(HC) dtv: €11,95 (TB)
Originalausgabe: Harper Collins: €12


Wenige Autoren sind so genial, dass sie ein Buch über das schwierige Leben von Schwarzen in den 50ern schreiben können und daraus ein leichtes Buch wird.
Der gute Lovecraft, sein menschlicher, literarischer und existenzialistischer Schrecken, werden so ambivalent in diese Story hineinamalgamiert, wie es ihnen gebührt. Macht Schaudern, macht Spaß! [Caro]


The book that more or less founded the growing subgenre of "Racism as Lovecraftian Horror", letting us view the quotidian and supernatural experiences of a black family in 50s USA. If you've watched the TV series this year, rest assured that you can still thoroughly enjoy the book, as there are major plot divergences between the two. Matt Ruff takes a far more subtle approach than the TV screenwriters (also one less riddled by plot-holes) and I find the book more cohesive and satisfying because of this, but there are enough similarities to probably make you like one if you love the other. [Marc]

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Kommentar von inci |

Hey Marc! Even though it is a fantastic book, I find it higly questionable to claim that "the growing subgenre of "Racism as Lovecraftian Horror" was founded by Matt Ruff. The subject had been developed and pushed forward in fact before "Lovecraft Country" by authors of color and women* horror authors -together with mysoginy as Lovecraftian Horror- in various horror anthologies and was made accessible to a wider audience by Victor LaValle's Hugo and Nebula winning "Ballad of Black Tom". And even though the two books were first published pretty much at the same time, I think LaValle would have the honor ;).

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