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Black No More par George S. Schuyler
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Black No More (original 1931; édition 2015)

par George S. Schuyler (Auteur)

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"The landmark comic satire that asks, "What would happen if all black people in America turned white?" It's New Year's Day 1933 in New York City, and Max Disher, a young black man, has just found out that a certain Dr. Junius Crookman has discovered a mysterious process that allows people to bleach their skin white--a new way to "solve the American race problem." Max leaps at the opportunity, and after a brief stay at the Crookman Sanitarium, he becomes Matthew Fisher, a white man who's able to attain everything he's ever wanted: money, power, good liquor, and the white woman who rejected him when he was black. Lampooning myths of white supremacy and racial purity and caricaturing prominent African American leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois, Madam C. J. Walker, and Marcus Garvey, Black No More is a masterwork of speculative fiction and a hilarious satire of America's obsession with race. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Black No More
Auteurs:George S. Schuyler (Auteur)
Info:Martino Fine Books (2015), 160 pages
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Black No More par George S. Schuyler (1931)

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    The Green Gene par Peter Dickinson (themulhern)
    themulhern: Mordantly humorous, profoundly satirical, about a perverse human obsession with skin color. I think "The Green Gene" is probably more depressing, with less slapstick.
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A nice re-presentation/print/publishing of a classic, thought provoking text. Schulyer's witty satire often seems ahead of its time. Would be best to read this if and when you have someone who you can discuss it with!
  esnanna | Jun 13, 2024 |
Just fantastic. Love the story arc and the writing! Sharp and witty and absolutely on point almost 100 years later. ( )
  gonzocc | Mar 31, 2024 |
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I received this book in the Early Reviewers program. Although it was written and published in the 1930s, the subject of race, power and money in the United States is as relevant today as it was then.

With a special treatment and $50, Black people could become white and live among white people without detection. Max Disher, described as a cocoa-brown colored man, was the first to subject himself to the treatment. When other Blacks saw his results, thousands followed suit. So much so that several black businesses were forced to close, black churches and organizations went bankrupt. White people, organizations and businesses became concerned as they could not identify the "real" whites from the "fake" ones. Max Disher and others took full advantage of the white people's fears, becoming rich and powerful.

Schuyler's satire is a fascinating read. Just when you think you think black folks will be detected, Schuyler writes a perfect out. Each character's name and description is symbolic or representative of a Black or white person. Schuyler description of Harlem, the South; his use of dialect is authentic. White people fears, their power and money are also described with authenticity and humor. The ending is both surprising and amusing. ( )
  AdwoaCamaraIfe | Jan 2, 2023 |
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This is a thought provoking read. It would be great as a book club read or as a Black Studies class book. I loved it!
  JerseyGirl21 | Dec 3, 2022 |
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“Black No More” was written in 1931 by George S. Schuyler. The story revolves around character, Max Disher a Harlem dandy who frequents nightclubs. He falls for a beautiful, wealthy white woman, who rejects him. When a new scientific procedure called, “Black No More” is invented, Max is first in line to receive the treatment and undergo “chromatic emancipation”. Max Disher now becomes Matt Fisher and makes the move to Atlanta to find this woman of his dreams. Eventually, he rises to the top of a racist organization. As a white man, he becomes very wealthy, and marries the woman who rejected him as a black man. Two and a half years later, Black No More becomes so popular that almost everyone turns white. As a presidential election approaches, racial purity becomes a central issue, with a secret report released on the eve of the election showing that most whites have some black ancestry. A satire novel, this really is a social commentary and gives us a lot to think about, even today, almost 100 years later. ( )
  Genetic_Blend | Nov 26, 2022 |
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This book is dedicated to all Caucasians in the great republic who can trace their ancestry back ten generation sand confidently assert that there are no black leaves, twigs, limbs or branches on their family trees.
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"The landmark comic satire that asks, "What would happen if all black people in America turned white?" It's New Year's Day 1933 in New York City, and Max Disher, a young black man, has just found out that a certain Dr. Junius Crookman has discovered a mysterious process that allows people to bleach their skin white--a new way to "solve the American race problem." Max leaps at the opportunity, and after a brief stay at the Crookman Sanitarium, he becomes Matthew Fisher, a white man who's able to attain everything he's ever wanted: money, power, good liquor, and the white woman who rejected him when he was black. Lampooning myths of white supremacy and racial purity and caricaturing prominent African American leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois, Madam C. J. Walker, and Marcus Garvey, Black No More is a masterwork of speculative fiction and a hilarious satire of America's obsession with race. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--

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