In the woods around a remote village in Jamaica, Miriam and Glen lead each other a sexually frustrated dance; George, the stable boy, plots how he will steal a ride on the turbulent mare, Beauty; and Jake and Amos struggle with their forbidden desires for each other.
Caribbean Modern Classics
19 Oct 2015
Amidst the haunting sounds of Amos’s accordion, the angry thuds of Glen’s woodcutter’s axe and Jake’s tortured obsession with carving a head of the biblical Samson, Black Lightning explores the relationship of the artist to society, the tension between freedom and control in personal relationships, and bigotry and tolerance in community attitudes. In his third, most daring, richly layered, poetic and questioning work, Roger Mais wrote a novel whose themes are as old as human history and as pertinent as ever.
With an introduction by Jacqueline Bishop.
Black Lightning was Roger Mais’ last novel, published in 1955, the year of his death.