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The Slave Who Loved Caviar

The Slave Who Loved Caviar

Ishmael Reed
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The greatest and most fearless living writer turns his unerring eye to the art world and the fraught relationship between Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.

The relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat is already one of the most iconic, intensely analyzed partnerships in the history of art. Ishmael Reed, perhaps America's greatest living writer, brings the same unsparing, deeply researched perspective as he did for the Archway Editions bestseller The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, for a captivating, illuminating final word on the famous duo.

Already the subject of controversy during its original 2021-2022 run at the Theater for the New City in the East Village, Archway Editions is proud to bring you the unabridged text of The Slave Who Loved Caviar, Ishmael Reed's latest feat of research and drama, the tragedy as disturbingly real for today's artists as it was in the 1980's.


Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books including Mumbo JumboYellow Back Radio Broke-Down, Conjugating Hindi, Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico and most recently Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues and The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or Neo-Hoodooism. A regular contributor to CounterPunch and founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. Reed is the only person to be nominated for the National Book Award in two categories in the same year.

  • Publisher: Archway Editions (November 14, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1648230165
  • ISBN-13: 9781648230165
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 4.88 x 0.2 x 7 inches
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