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White tears

Hari Kunzru

€ 19,95
Carter and Seth are worlds apart - one a trust fund hipster, the other a suburban nobody - and yet they are united by a love of music. Rising fast on the New York scene, one day they stumble across an old blues song long forgotten by history - and everything starts to unravel. Carter quickly becomes obsessed with the unknown singer and Seth has no choice but to follow his friend.

Seth and Carter are from very different backgrounds but find each other in their love for music,  sounds, the mixing of both, and collecting vinyl. They are getting more and more popular in the New York music scene and everyone wants to work with them. Then one day, whilst listening to  one of his sound tapes, Seth stumbles upon someone singing an old blues song and everything starts to unravel. The underworld starts pulling them in and their lives get totally out of control

White Tears is an excellent novel about music, sounds, authenticity, vinyl, collecting and blues. Moreover, it is also a book about race and the theft of black music and black lives. White Tears is thrilling, brilliantly strange, dark and very, very original. One of the best books I’ve read so far this year!

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