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The Stone Face

Author: William Gardner Smith  

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A roman clef about racism, identity, and bohemian living amidst the tensions and violence of Algerian War-era France, and one of the earliest published accounts of the Paris massacre of 1961. First published in 1963, The Stone Face tells the tale of a young African-American man who takes refuge from American racism in France, only to find himself complicit in a racist order of another sort. Simeon Brown, a journalist who, as a teenager, lost an eye in a racist attack, lives in his native Philadelphia in a state of agonizing tension, and after a violent encounter with some white sailors on shore leave, he decides to pack up and leave for Paris, known as a safe haven for black artists and intellectuals. At first, the City of Light seems close to idyllic to Simeon: He can do what he wishes and go where he pleases without fear. On the streets he meets Babe, a long-standing black American migr , who introduces him to a whole cadre of interesting friends--among them the Chester Himes stand-in James Benson, a famous black novelist now retired, and Maria, a mysterious Polish actress and concentration camp survivor who is awaiting surgery to keep from going blind. But soon Simeon discovers that Paris is not the racial wonderland he took it to be--not when Algerians are being raided, beaten in the streets, sent to detention centers, and eventually killed en masse in the 1961 Paris massacre--and his friendship with Hossein, an Algerian radical, will lead him to realize that he can no longer remain a passive spectator to French injustice and that he must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

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Critic Reviews

“"While there is much to improve in how we support each other at home and across the globe, Smith's novel reminds us of the immense power in solidarity and our duty to always rise up for justice and freedom." --Zeena Yasmine Fuleihan, Ploughshares”

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About the Author

William Gardner Smith (1927-1974) was a journalist, novelist, and editor. His first novel, Last of the Conquerors , was published in 1948, followed by Anger at Innocence , South Street , The Stone Face , and Return to Black America . Adam Shatz is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine , The New York Review of Books , and The New Yorker , among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

Publisher
The New York Review of Books, Inc | NYRB Classics
Published
13th July 2021
Pages
225
ISBN
9781681375168
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