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The End of a Primitive

(1955)
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Shortly before his death, Chester Himes gave an interviewer this remarkable plot summary of "The End of a Primitive." 'I put a sexually frustrated American woman and a racially frustrated black American male together for a weekend in a New York apartment, and allowed them to soak in American bourbon. I got the result I was looking for: a nightmare of drunkenness, unbridled sexuality, and in the end, tragedy.' This new edition of Himes's most controversial novel restores the cuts he was forced to make in 1955 in order to get the novel published and includes a never-before-printed foreword by Himes himself.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

August 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: The End of a Primitive
Author(s): Chester Himes
ISBN: 0-85031-826-2 / 978-0-85031-826-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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Paperback Editions

August 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The End of a Primitive
Author(s): Chester Himes
ISBN: 0-7490-0095-3 / 978-0-7490-0095-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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January 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: The End of a Primitive: A Novel (Old School Books)
Author(s): Chester Himes
ISBN: 0-393-31540-1 / 978-0-393-31540-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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