"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the Reverend A. Z. Hickman, the interant Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, and orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. His history encompasses camp meetings where he became the risen Lazarus to inspire the faithful; the more ordinary joys of Southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker; lovemaking with a young woman in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals?
Written in 1952, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is an existential novel that looks at the nature of bigotry and prejudice through a deeply sardonic lens. Following the life journey of an unnamed black narrator who is "invisible" not literally, but due to society's cultural constructions of humanity that erases the "other," this classic work brilliantly tackles the issues that African-Americans faced in the twentieth century. 571 pages, softcover.