ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: March 1, 2004
By (author) Charles Johnson
Chaym Smith is the double of Martin Luther King. Not only does Smith resemble King physically, but he also shares his intellectual voracity: widely read in Eastern and Western philosophy, proficient in Sanskrit and martial arts and a talented painter. And yet, while King aspires to make a difference, Smith is a cynic. When Smith becomes King’s stand-in, Johnson creates a taut drama in which he explores issues long at the heart of the race issue.
CHARLES JOHNSON won the US National Book Award in 1990 for his novel Middle Passage and is a widely published literary critic, philosopher, cartoonist, screen-writer, essayist and lecturer. He is currently the Pollock Professor of English at the University of Washington.