Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Romance in Marseille
Claude McKay


While stowed away on a transatlantic freighter, Lafala is discovered and locked away in an icy-cold closet, resulting in the loss of his frostbitten legs. When his successful lawsuit against the shipping company brings big bucks, Lafala returns to Marseille to resume his affair with Aslima, a Moroccan prostitute. With its scenes of black bodies seeking pleasure and fighting for freedom even when stolen, shipped, and sold for parts, Romance in Marseille explores the heritage of slavery amid a predatory modern economy.

Abandoned by McKay in 1933, this novel was published for the first time in 2020.

Paperback, 208pp
Penguin Books, 2020 (1933)
ISBN 9780143134220