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Vengeance : a novel / Zachary Lazar.

Author/Creator:
Lazar, Zachary author.
Publication:
New York : Catapult, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Subjects:
Louisiana State Penitentiary -- Fiction.
Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Prisoners -- Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Angola (La.) -- Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept).
Prisoners.
Louisiana -- Angola.
Form/Genre:
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction.
Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction
Summary:
"Zachary Lazar's powerful and important novel was inspired by a passion play, The Life of Jesus Christ, he witnessed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. As someone who writes "fiction, nonfiction, sometimes a hybrid of both," the narrator of Vengeance, a character much like Lazar himself, tries to accurately view a world he knows is "beyond the limits of my small understanding." In particular, he tries to unravel the truth behind the supposed crime of an inmate he meets and befriends, Kendrick King, who is serving a life sentence at Angola for murder. As the narrator attempts to sort out what happened in King's life--paying visits to his devoted mother, his estranged young daughter and her mother, his girlfriend, his brother, and his cousin--the writer's own sense of identity begins to feel more and more like a fiction. He is one of the "free people" while Kendrick, who studies theology and philosophy, will never get his only wish, expressed plainly as "I just need to get out of here." The dichotomy between their lives forces the narrator to confront the violence in his own past, and also to reexamine American notions of guilt and penance, racial bias, and the inherent perversity of punitive justice"--cover.
Zachary Lazar's powerful and important novel was inspired by a passion play, The Life of Jesus Christ, he witnessed at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. As someone who writes ٢fiction, nonfiction, sometimes a hybrid of both,٣ the narrator of Vengeance, a character much like Lazar himself, tries to accurately view a world he knows is ٢beyond the limits of my small understanding.٣ In particular, he tries to unravel the truth behind the supposed crime of an inmate he meets and befriends, Kendrick King, who is serving a life sentence at Angola for murder. As the narrator attempts to sort out what happened in King's life-paying visits to his devoted mother, his estranged young daughter and her mother, his girlfriend, his brother, and his cousin-the writer's own sense of identity begins to feel more and more like a fiction. He is one of the ٢free people٣ while Kendrick, who studies theology and philosophy, will never get his only wish, expressed plainly as ٢I just need to get out of here.٣ The dichotomy between their lives forces the narrator to confront the violence in his own past, and also to reexamine American notions of guilt and penance, racial bias, and the inherent perversity of punitive justice.
ISBN:
9781936787777
1936787776
OCLC:
988857402