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I Hotel (Paperback)

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By Karen Tei Yamashita, Jessica Hagedorn (Introduction by), Karen Tei Yamashita (Preface by)

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Edgy, catchy, and not easily categorized, local author Karen Tei Yamishita’s I Hotel is a dazzling book. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I Hotel begins in during the troubled year of 1968. Imagery, bold characters, and a sense of movement carry us forward through each novella until we arrive at the one setting that has seen it all: The International Hotel. Here the history, culture, and personalities of Yamishita’s cast of characters come crashing together, breathing and full of life. The fate of the hotel becomes a larger metaphor about America on the brink. Part graphic novel, part magical realism, part cultural warfare story, this novel is a showcase for a talent that is hard to describe. Read it, look at it, take it in.



Dazzling and ambitious, this multivoiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America's struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco near the end of the 1960s. As Karen Tei Yamashita's motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies, and personal turmoil.

The tenth anniversary edition of this National Book Award finalist brings the joys and struggles of the I Hotel to a whole new generation of readers, historians, and activists.

About the Author

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Letters to Memory, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, National Book Award finalist I Hotel, and Anime Wong. She has been a U.S. Artists Ford Foundation Fellow and co-holder of the University of California Presidential Chair for Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She is Professor Emeritus of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781566895453
ISBN-10: 1566895456
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 648
Language: English
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