Announcing Othello Blues

Harold Jaffe’s revised futurist novel Othello Blues will be published by JEF Books in December 2013.  Please stay tuned for publication news, and browse the contents below.  Critics have said:

Othello Blues is a classic.

Nobody does what Jaffe does.  There are just pale imitations.
 

                                          –Derek Pell

BLUES COVER

Cover visual by Norman Conquest.

OTHELLO BLUES

A Novel by Harold Jaffe

In memory of Robert Johnson, bluesman, 1912-1938

THE PLAYERS

Gillette Gillette: A corporate money manager
Otis Crawford: [Black] blues musician, founder of Crawfish / insurrectionist
Iago: A blues musician / Machiavel
Michael Cassio: [Cajun] blues musician
Desdemona: Daughter to Gillette Gillette / wife to Otis
Son Chatmon: [Black] blues musician
Rosetta Nurse: [Black] insurrectionist / mistress to Son Chatmon
Emily: Mistress to Iago
Blanca: [Puerto Rican] ‘exotic dancer’ / mistress to Cassio
Jim Bob: An out-of-work musician / gulled by Iago
Baum: [Jewish] booking agent for Crawfish
Swen: A restaurateur / mocker of Iago
The Body : [also known as the corporate fathers]
The Godfearers
The mega-rich in their bunkers
The miscellaneous poor

Scene: The U.S. dominion
Time: 20 minutes into the future

CONTENTS

Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago

Prison Ferries

I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear

Rosetta Nurse

I took by the throat the circumcised dog

Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk

Rosetta Nurse

Oh monstrous world! Take note, take note

Rosetta Nurse

Iago and Cassio on Pretoria Street

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