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  • Published: 25 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448138845
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 720
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Back to Blood




The Bonfire of the Vanities author, Tom Wolfe, ingeniously dissects the turbulent heart of America’s racial vortex in this exhilarating tale of sweltering Miami

The Bonfire of the Vanities author, Tom Wolfe, ingeniously dissects the turbulent heart of America’s racial vortex in this exhilarating tale of sweltering Miami

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, 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.

‘Back to Blood dazzles so much that you might want to read it through dark glasses’ – Independent on Sunday

  • Pub date: 25 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448138845
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 720

About the Author

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was 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, I Am Charlotte Simmons and Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Praise for Back to Blood

“Back to Blood dazzles so much that you might want to read it through dark glasses”

Simon O’Hagan, Independent on Sunday

“Tom Wolfe returns with a thunderous thwack, fizzing outrageously with a slipstreamed comet of a novel… It’s even better than his great hit The Bonfire of the Vanities. Unmissable stuff”

Tom Adair, Scotsman

“Exhilarating… The satire is scalpel-like and very funny.”

Wynn Wheldon, Spectator

“Energising, fascinating – and utterly exhausting.”

Tim Walker, Independent

“If this novel were rushed into A&E, it would immediately be put under heavy sedation.”

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

“[A] huge, very loud [new novel], MOSTLY IN CAPITALS, from Tom Wolfe, Back to Blood.”

Justine Jordan, Guardian

“He is, still, at his best in the thick of a crowd, a master of group dynamics, at once in breathless close-up and sudden wide-angle.”

Tom Adams, Observer

“For Christmas, I will give to dinner party conversationalists:... Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood.”

Fay Weldon, Daily Telegraph

“What really drives all this is Wolfe’s extraordinary style.”

Robert Murphy, Metro

“As broad and panoramic as ever.”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

“There are some dazzling satirical riffs and politically incorrect laughs.”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

“Wolfe’s prose is as punchy as ever.”

Time Out

“Energetically set against the deco licentiousness of Florida’s steamiest party capital.”

Vogue

“Class, family, wealth and corruption are all themes in this examination of life in Miami.”

Sunday Business Post

“[Tells] us about the way we live now... enjoyable.”

Wynn Wheldon, Spectator

“Classic Wolfe. A delight”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“Epic, hectic, satirical… It’s scathing, funny, and has great set-piece scenes”

Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

“Contemporary Miami gets the Wolfe treatment in a grand, sweeping satire on race, class, lust and immigration”

Sunday Telegraph


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