"Captain Blackman" is an unjustly neglected novel by an unjustly overlooked author. I had never heard of John A. Williams until encountering his name in a recent biography of Chester Himes. Published in 1972, "Captain Blackman" is the story of American wars from the black perspective. The title character is wounded in Vietnam and as he fades in and out, he imagines himself in every major conflict since the Revolution. Williams explores both the black experience and how war is seen by those who have nothing really to gain from it. It's an anti-heroic war novel whose structure reminded me a little of Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" and Butler's "Kindred."
The NYT obit of Williams:
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