Mitch: We had to read this book in English, Native Son.
Native Son, published in 1940, is a novel by American author Richard Wright (1908–1960). It tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old blank man living in poverty in the 1930s in Chicago's South Side ghetto who becomes a murderer and is sentenced to death. The best-selling novel is sympathetic to Thomas' plight, suggesting that his crimes were almost inevitable given the social conditions imposed on blacks.
The novel is also controversial in that Wright was affiliated with the Communist Party of the U.S. In an article, Wright stated that blacks in America could be compared to communism's working c l a s s.