Back to Blood

Author(s): Tom Wolfe


As the police boat speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay, the scene is set for Officer Nestor Camacho's great moment of heroism. Except that in this feverous melting pot of a city, Nestor's one act of heroism can be seen as an utter betrayal of his Cuban roots. As Nestor's world disintegrates - his family disowns him, he can't get a Cuban coffee without ugly stares, and his girlfriend Magdalena leaves him for her sex-addiction psychiatrist boss - his quest to right the wrongs brings him into contact with the full panorama of modern Miami. The Cuban mayor, a Yale-marinated journalist, the black police chief, a Haitian professor whose ambitions to be French are thwarted by his Creole-spouting son, the clueless baying art-buyers and an Anglo billionaire porn addict all come up for scrutiny in Tom Wolfe's high-energy, scrupulous and hilarious reckoning with our times.


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Tom Wolfe is back, with his most brilliant novel since The Bonfire of the Vanities, jettisoning us into the turbulent heart of America's racial vortex: Miami.

"If this novel were rushed into A&E, it would immediately be put under heavy sedatipm." -- Peter Kemp Sunday Times "There is more dynamism, risk-taking and crazed energy in Wolfe's writing than in all the Brit novels I've read this year." -- Rose Tremain Guardian "Back to Blood, a remarkable feat for a writer now 81, gives Miami the full Tom Wolfe treatment... Nobody else writes like this and it is still an astonishingly extravagant performance." -- David Sexton Evening Standard "Tom Wolfe...remains The Dude when it comes to surveying the crazed, bracing absurdities of our national life. Back to Blood is marked by both Wolfe's stylistic freneticim and his formidable reportorial gifts. Beginning his ninth decade, Tom Wolfe has brio to burn." -- Douglas Kennedy The Times "Mr Wolfe's satirical aim at the debauchery and landscape of avarice and arrogance is gleefully accurate." The Economist

Tom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his BA at Washington and Lee University and a PhD in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

General Fields

  • : 9780099578536
  • : Vintage
  • : Vintage
  • : June 2013
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tom Wolfe
  • : Paperback
  • : 913
  • : 813.54
  • : 560