Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down by Ishmael Reed
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New York. Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1969. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine with slight shelf wear. 177pp.
Using post-modern techniques like recombination, Ishmael Reed's (b. 1938) "Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down" is a richly populated text, shifting with characters and dialogue and interruptions, down to the text rising to caps or slanting to italics on the page. In this intentionally disruptive style, Reed's humor and satirical text recasts the traditional Western trope to "demolish some diehard myths of American folklore in the process," playing with improvisation and "discontinuous" time to get the text reeling toward some kind of revelation.