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The perennial cult classic, introduced by Irvine Welsh
'Slim belongs to the knuckleduster-in-your-face school of storytelling'. Sunday Times
'Iceberg Slim is a major creative influence on so many musicians and writers working outside the bland mainstream. . . Slim told it as it was, without compromise'. Irvine Welsh
'Too often, this major cultural icon for our times has been criminally ignored'. Irvine Welsh
'Slim belongs to the knuckleduster-in-your-face school of storytelling'. Sunday Times
'I want to say at the outset that I have become ill, insane as an inmate of a torture chamber behind America's fake facade of justice and democracy. But I am not as ill as I was, and I am getting better all the time.' Iceberg Slim
A reissue of the cult classic; the perfect partner to Pimp
A finales de 1960 y principios de los 70, si uno queria un libro de Iceberg Slim, el ultimo antiheroe del gueto, no podia acudir a una libreria sino a una peluqueria o a una tienda de licores afroamericana. Pimp. Memorias de un chulo (1967) es un tipo diferente de historia estadounidense, la historia de un joven decidido a tomar lo que la sociedad no quiere dar. Un retrato hirviente, sucio y crudo de la brutalidad, la astucia y la codicia de un proxeneta en los bajos fondos de Chicago. Una sonora advertencia contada por un autntico superviviente que, casi 50 aos despus, estremece como el primer da. Esta es la historia de la vida de Iceberg Slim: su secreto mundo interior, los olores, los sonidos, los miedos y los pequeos triunfos en su peculiar mundo, los siempre acechantes peligros de la crcel, la adiccin y la muerte. Un viaje por el infierno de un hombre que vivi para contarlo y termin dando voz a las prostitutas y estafadores del gueto. El libro que trajo la literatura negra a las calles vuelve a mostrar a la generacin hip hop de qu va todo esto. Lo que El arte de la guerra de Sun Tzu fue a la antigua China, Pimp lo es a las peligrosas calles.
Mama Black Widow tells the tragic story of Otis Tilson, a stunning black drag queen trapped in a cruel queer ghetto underworld. In hopes of escaping the racial bigotry and economic injustice of the South, Otis' family journeys north from their plantation to an urban promised land. Once in Chicago, Otis and his siblings become prisoners to a wasteland of violence, crime, prostitution, and rape. This is the gut-wrenching tale of the destruction of a family and the truest portrayal of homosexuality in the ghetto ever told.
This is the gritty truth, the life of a hustler in South Side Chicago, where the only characters are those who con and those who get conned.Trick Baby tells the story of White Folks, a blue-eyed, light-haired con artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a "e;trick baby,"e; a child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue. What happens next is unbelievable.Only Slim could bring us the story of a hustler forced to learn the game and rise to the top. It's Slim's story, and he tells it the only way he knows how: in the language of the streets.
This is the story of Chicago's ruthless and tireless Mafia.The intensely real characters-the brutal overlords, their faithful lackeys, andtheir vengeful enemies-all collide in acts of loyalty, lust, greed, and death.Power hungry Don Jimmy Collucci is out to become the kingpinof Chicago's "e;Honored Society."e; His rise to the top can only be thwarted by oneman-a man fueled by revenge who is hell-bent on bringing Collucci's infamousorganization down: the "e;Black Warrior,"e; Jessie Taylor. When ambitions collide,guns are drawn and blood is spilled. This gritty crime fiction tale is theoriginal Mafia story.
This collection of six gritty tales from the underground is a tribute to the streets and those forced to try to survive them.With tales of slick con men, revenge, a heist gone awry, and more, Robert Beck, the man many know as Iceberg Slim, brings us on a ride through the terrifying urban streets. With the same unforgettable and distinctive prose on display in his other books, Airtight Willie & Me is further evidence that Iceberg Slim was an expert at capturing the language of the streets. Always compelling, sometimes funny, and often bleak, Slim gives us six slices of city life that will leave you thirsting for more.
Iceberg Slim, bestselling author of Pimp and Trick Baby, brings us yet another riveting classic. Continuing the saga begun in Trick Baby, Long White Con tells the story of the most incredible con man ever to have risen.Picking up where Trick Baby left off, we dive into the world of Johnny O'Brien, better known as White Folks. After learning to use his fair skin to his advantage to rise to the top of the Chicago con game, Folks is back for the big money and the big stakes of the long con.Following the death of his partner and mentor, Blue, Folks takes off for Canada. Having honed his skills and polished his acting, Johnny is done cheating marks out of small money. With a gang of grifters working with him-High Pockets Kate, High Ass Marvel, and the Vicksburg Kid among them-Folks is after the biggest score of his life.
In The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim, the fierce and lyrical icon for criminal reformation describes himself as "e;ill...from America's fake faade of justice and democracy."e; For Iceberg Slim, the illness may have been a detriment, but for us it's a gift. His tales serve as a chilling reminder that we are all inmates of one prison or another, and the time to break free has arrived. Iceberg Slim's story is now depicted in a major motion picture, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, which shows his transformation from pimp to the author of seven classic books.Offering brutal, difficult-to-swallow tales from the underground, this book exposes the author's inner workings in a way none of his others have, resulting in a straight-out, heartfelt confession.As if Iceberg Slim's charismatic words weren't enough to evoke the essence of this time in his life-the LA underground of the 1960s-each character carries their own baggage, struggles, and influence on Slim's vision of the world.
In this astonishing account, Iceberg Slim reveals the secret inner world of the pimp, and the smells, sounds, fears and petty triumphs of his world. A legendary figure of the Chicago underworld, this is his story: from defending his mother against the men in their lives to becoming a giant of the streets. A seething tale of brutality, cunning and greed, Pimp is a harrowing portrait of life on the wrong side of the tracks, and a rich warning from a true survivor.
A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu's Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. As real as you can get without jumping in, this is the story of Iceberg Slim's life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. It is a trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the talethe dangers of jail, addiction, and death that are still all too familiar for today's black community. By telling the story of one man's struggles and triumphs in an underground world, Pimp shows us the game doesn't change; it just has a different swagger.Only Slim could tell this story and make the reader feel it. If you thought Hustle & Flow was the true pimp story, this book is where it all began. This is the heyday of the pimp, the hard-won pride and glory, small though it may be; the beginnings of pimp before it was dragged in front of the camera, before pimp juice and pimp style. Though it is a tale of his times, it will remain current and true for as long as there is a race bias, as long as there is a street life, as long as there is exploitation.
The author that brought black literature to the streets is back. Weaving stories of deceit, sex, humor and race Iceberg Slim, best-selling author of Pimp, brings us the story of a hustler who doesnt just play the con game, he transforms it.This is the gritty truth, the life of a hustler in south side Chicago where the only characters are those who con and those who get conned. Trick Baby tells the story of White Folks, a blue-eyed, light-haired, con-artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a Trick Baby, the child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue. What happens next is not to be believed. Only Slim could bring us the story of a hustler, forced to learn the game and rise to the top. Its Slims story and he tells it in the only way he knows how, in the language of the streets.
Trick Baby charts the rise of White Folks, a hite Negro who uses his colour as a trump card in the tough game of the Con. Blue-eyed, light-haired and white-skinned, White Folks is the most incredible con man the ghetto ever spawned, a hustler in the jungle of Southside chicago where only the sharpest survive. With his partner Blue, an old hand who teaches him the tricks of the trade, White Folks rises to the top of his profession. The cons he pulls off get more and more lucrative and dangerous until one day they go too far . . .
';[In Pimp], Iceberg Slim breaks down some of the coldest, capitalist concepts I've ever heard in my life.' Dave Chappelle, from his Nextflix special The Bird RevelationPimp sent shockwaves throughout the literary world when it published in 1969. Iceberg Slim's autobiographical novel offered readers a never-before-seen account of the sex trade, and an unforgettable look at the mores of Chicago's street life during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. In the preface, Slim says it best, ';In this book, I will take you, the reader, with me into the secret inner world of the pimp.' An immersive experience unlike anything before it, Pimp would go on to sell millions of copies, with translations throughout the world. And it would have a profound impact upon generations of writers, entertainers, and filmmakers, making it the classic hustler's tale that never seems to go out of style.
In Iceberg Slim's first novel, Trick Baby, he told the unforgettable tale of White Folks, a white Negro who uses his colour as his trump card in the tough game of the Con. Blue-eyed, light-haired and fair-skinned, White Folks was to become the most incredible con man the ghetto ever spawned. Long White Con takes up where Trick Baby left off. After the death of his partner and mentor, Blue Howard, White Folks hooks up with the Vicksburg Kid, who completes his con education. Together they form a formidable duo, playing for the highest stakes, pulling off the most ambitious con of the lot - The Unhappy Virgin Game. Fleecing wealthy fools is the name of the game but when the sums involved get to the levels seen in Long White Con, the consequences of any slip can be fatal. Like all of Iceberg Slim's work, Long White Con takes the reader into a world rarely seen in print, combining wicked humour with streetwise knowledge and philosophy. The result is another page-turning classic of hard-boiled fiction.
Airtight Willie and Me is a collection of six tales from the underground, all of them characterized by Iceberg Slim's distinctive and unforgettable prose. From the opening story, in which Slim meets Airtight Willie, one of New York's slickest con men, to Satin, a classic tale of revenge in which a heist goes badly wrong, the reader is hooked into a rollercoaster ride through the badlands of urban America. Compelling always, funny sometimes, and typically bleak in their endings, Slim's slices of city life are important social documents that scorch most contemporary into submission. There is no moralizing bullshit, no romanticized illusions, few redemming factors - just straight-up sawn-off shotgun blasts from the 'King of the Ghetto'.
Doom Fox is the final instalment in Iceberg Slim's searing sequence of highly-charged books that began with his critically acclaimed and multi-million selling autobiography, Pimp. Slim's powerful, raw prose and eye-opening reflections of black ghetto realities have helped to redefine modern American literature, offering the reader a glimpse into lifestyles and language never before seen in print. Doom Fox tells the tragic story of three generations of the Allen family in post-war L. A. Written with Slim's typically disturbing honesty and sharp humour, it paints their lives with compassion, telling their stories in their own words, in the language of the street. The result is another riveting and potent urban parable, a bitter commentary on a society that has as its core a legalized policy of discrimination.
Iceberg Slim's third slice of ghetto life is recounted straight from the hip by Otis Tilson, a schizophrenic and ageing drag queen. However, the dominating presence and epicentre of this tragic tale is his suffocating mother - Mama Black Widow. Poisoned by the bigotry and abuse she suffered in early life, she in turn infects those that surround her. The damage she does to all she loves is deeply disturbing, no-one is left unscarred. Set in the dark hell of double standard justice, radical bigotry and criminal economic freeze-out, Mama Black Widow, proves arguably to be the most intense story ever penned by the man whose work has come to be regarded as the epitome of street fiction.
Iceberg Slim's last published novel is perhaps his greatest. Death Wish, written in Slim's typically hard-hitting and highly compulsive prose, tells the story of Chicago's Mafia and the power struggle that ensues when the greedy Don, Jimmy Collucci, attempts to become the king-pin of Chicago's ''Honored Society''. Not only is this a portrayal of an organisation whose working details Slim knew intimately but we also see Mafia infighting set against a backdrop of the underworld in its entirety. For Jimmy Collucci has had a lifelong hatred of dedicated Black Warrior, Jesse Taylor, against whom he has regularly competed for turf on the streets of Chicago. And Jessie Taylor has managed to get himself in a position from which he is confident that he can take on Collucci and his ruthless outfit. The result is bloody and riveting. Another masterpiece from the man whose prose redefined post-war American literature and who remains one of the most startlingly original and hard-boiled writers America has produced.
I want to say at the outset that I have become ill, insane as an inmate of a torture chamber behind America's fake facade of justice and democracy. But I am not as ill as I was, and I am getting better all the time. Iceberg Slim's fiction has caused controversy ever since it first appeared in the late sixties. His first novel, Pimp, was a frank and at times brutal portrayal of his own life in which he gave graphic insights into his twenty year reign as one of Chicago's most successful and streetwise pimps. All his subsequent books (bar this) took the form of fiction but maintained his vivid and uncompromising take on the urban underworld. The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim is a departure from the rest of his work in that it is a collection of essays. They are similarly straight up and honest but are all the more chilling for their total directness. The wisdom gained through a life of serious excess and violence is considerable and in this varied collection of soul-bearing confessions, Iceberg Slim reveals why he has been revered widely as the spokesman of the street.