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Finding a Way HomeA Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction$
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Owen E. Brady and Derek C. Maus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730883

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.001.0001

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Devil with the Blue Eyes

Devil with the Blue Eyes

Reclaiming the Human against Pure Evil in Walter Mosley’s The Man in My Basement

Chapter:
(p.44) Devil with the Blue Eyes
Source:
Finding a Way Home
Author(s):

Francesca Canadé Sautman

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730883.003.0004

This chapter examines Walter Mosely’s The Man in My Basement through the filter of human rights doctrine. It interprets the novel as an outspoken humanistic, yet still inherently race-conscious, allegory, arguing that it “provokes serious reflection on a number of issues of international human rights, both immediately political and more broadly philosophical, including a compelling evocation of the disenfranchisement, abandonment, and lack of value ascribed to poor children in the world.”

Keywords:   Walter Mosley, African American literature, human rights

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