American violence is public life, it’s a public way of life, it became a form, a detective story form. So I should think that any number of black writers should go into the detective story form.
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I would sit in my room and become hysterical about the wild incredible story I was writing. And I thought I was writing realism. It never occurred to me that I was writing absurdity. Realism and absurdity are so similar in the lives of American blacks one cannot tell the difference.
|Birth:||29th July, 1909|
|Death:||12th November, 1984|
Chester Bomar Himes was an American writer. His works include If He Hollers Let Him Go and a series of Harlem Detective novels. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. When Himes was about 12 years old, his father took a teaching job at Branch Normal College, and soon a tragedy took place that would profoundly shape Himes's view of race relations.
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