The Last Poets
The Last Poets

The Last Poets

By Christine Otten

Harlem, 1969. The air is charged with hope and revolution; the Black Panthers are in their prime. This is the backdrop against which The Last Poets wrote their passionate, self-critical poetry. Some twenty years later, young hip-hop bands drew on The Last Poets’ legacy, making them the ‘founding fathers’ of hip-hop.
Christine Otten’s audacious novel is based on the The Last Poets’ life stories, from their youth in the ghetto to their love lives, triumphs, and defeats. The Last Poets is…
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Harlem, 1969. The air is charged with hope and revolution; the Black Panthers are in their prime. This is the backdrop against which The Last Poets wrote their passionate, self-critical poetry. Some twenty years later, young hip-hop bands drew on The Last Poets' legacy, making them the 'founding fathers' of hip-hop.
Christine Otten's audacious novel is based on the The Last Poets' life stories, from their youth in the ghetto to their love lives, triumphs, and defeats. The Last Poets is about New York and American history but—like all Great American Novels—even more about human resilience and beauty's staying power.
Having conducted in-depth interviews with the main players, Christine Otten tells us a very personal story of redemption still relevant today. Even readers unfamiliar with The Last Poets and their background will find the book a compelling read.

'Sometimes you read a novel that suddenly changes your life—this is one of them.'—Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

Christine Otten

Christine Otten is a Dutch writer, journalist, and performer. The Last Poets, her literary breakthrough, was nominated for various literary prizes and has been adapted for the stage. Otten regularly performs at literary festivals and in theaters.

Language Dutch
Format Paperback
ISBN

9789462380370

Translator(s)

Jonathan Reeder

Original Title

De laatste dichters

Year of publication

2016

Date of publication 13 October 2016