Caliban Shrieks (Hardback)
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Caliban Shrieks (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages
Published: 07/03/2024
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Waterstones Says

A forgotten masterpiece of British modernist literature and precursor to Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier, Hilton’s extraordinary 1935 novel yields searing insights into the lives of his poor and displaced contemporaries angrily dreaming of a better and more just England.

From a childhood of poverty, yet joy and freedom, to the punishing grind of factory life and the idiocy of being sent blindly into war, Caliban Shrieks’ narrator takes readers on a lyrical tour of life as a young man born into the first days of the 20th century.

Turned out of the army a vagrant - seeing England from city to city, county to county - before being thrust back into an uncertain cycle of working life as it unfolds in the post-war years, Caliban Shrieks was Jack Hilton’s invitation to enter the whirlwind of an existence rarely seen in the literature of his day.

A novel of men and women lost, wandering – and angrily dreaming of a better, fairer England, Hilton’s autobiographical novel is a bold modernist retelling of the myth of how we find ourselves disenfranchised from the world and sold into a slavery of our making.

Lost to time, only to be rediscovered again in the Salford's Working Class Movement Library in 2022, Caliban Shrieks is a working-class masterpiece of British literature, and continues to speak as brash and impassioned as it did on its first rave publication in 1935.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784878757
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 275 g
Dimensions: 205 x 135 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A breathless and dizzying modernist howl of a novel - Andrew McMillan, Guardian

Equal parts autobiography, political screed and artful rant… [Caliban Shrieks] contains an energy that drives the reader on - Observer

A powerful, uncompromising account of working class life… [which] deserves reading and rereading - Socialist Worker

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