The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright audiobook

The Man Who Lived Underground

By Richard Wright
Afterword by Malcolm Wright
Read by Ethan Herisse

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New York Times Bestseller One of the Best Books of the Year by Time magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and Esquire, and one of Oprah’s 15 Favorite Books of the Year Audiobook Narrated by actor Ethan Herisse “The Man Who Lived Underground reminds us that any ‘greatest writers of the 20th century’ list that doesn’t start and end with Richard Wright is laughable. It might very well be Wright’s most brilliantly crafted, and ominously foretelling, book.” —Kiese Laymon A major literary event: an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and violence in America by the legendary author of Native Son and Black Boy Fred Daniels, a Black man, is picked up by the police after a brutal double murder and tortured until he confesses to a crime he did not commit. After signing a confession, he escapes from custody and flees into the city’s sewer system. This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a never-before-seen masterpiece by Richard Wright. Written between his landmark books Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), at the height of his creative powers, it would see publication in Wright's lifetime only in drastically condensed and truncated form, and ultimately be included in the posthumous short story collection Eight Men.  Now, for the first time, by special arrangement with the author’s estate, the full text of the work that meant more to Wright than any other (“I have never written anything in my life that stemmed more from sheer inspiration”) is published in the form that he intended, complete with his companion essay, “Memories of My Grandmother.” Malcolm Wright, the author’s grandson, contributes an afterword.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Chicago Tribune Book of the Year

A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year Selection

An Oprah Pick of 15 Favorite Books of 2021

An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

New York Times Bestseller

One of the Best Books of the Year by Time magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and Esquire, and one of Oprah’s 15 Favorite Books of the Year

Audiobook Narrated by actor Ethan Herisse

The Man Who Lived Underground reminds us that any ‘greatest writers of the 20th century’ list that doesn’t start and end with Richard Wright is laughable. It might very well be Wright’s most brilliantly crafted, and ominously foretelling, book.” —Kiese Laymon

A major literary event: an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and violence in America by the legendary author of Native Son and Black Boy

Fred Daniels, a Black man, is picked up by the police after a brutal double murder and tortured until he confesses to a crime he did not commit. After signing a confession, he escapes from custody and flees into the city’s sewer system.

This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a never-before-seen masterpiece by Richard Wright. Written between his landmark books Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), at the height of his creative powers, it would see publication in Wright's lifetime only in drastically condensed and truncated form, and ultimately be included in the posthumous short story collection Eight Men

Now, for the first time, by special arrangement with the author’s estate, the full text of the work that meant more to Wright than any other (“I have never written anything in my life that stemmed more from sheer inspiration”) is published in the form that he intended, complete with his companion essay, “Memories of My Grandmother.” Malcolm Wright, the author’s grandson, contributes an afterword.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] masterful blend of action and reflection, a kind of philosophy on the run.“ Wall Street Journal
“This astonishing novel [is at last] available to readers, fulfilling a dream Wright wasn’t able to realize in his lifetime.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Enthralling…timeless rather than timely.” New Republic
“Published by the posterity-minded Library of America.” Chicago Tribune
“Resonates deeply as a story about race and the struggle to envision a different, better world. A welcome literary resurrection.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Finally, this devastating inquiry into oppression and delusion, this timeless tour de force, emerges in full, the work Wright was most passionate about…This blazing literary meteor should land in every collection.” Booklist (starred review)
“Wright makes the impact of racist policing palpable as the story builds to a gut-punch ending.” Publishers Weekly
“It might very well be Wright’s most brilliantly crafted, and ominously foretelling, book.” Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

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Author Bio: Richard Wright

Author Bio: Richard Wright

Richard Wright (1908–1960) won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the Black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation.

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Author Bio: Malcolm Wright

Author Bio: Malcolm Wright

Malcolm Wright, Richard Wright’s grandson, is a filmmaker and conservationist.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English