Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

Mumbo Jumbo is a 1972 novel by African-American author Ishmael Reed. Set in 1920s New York City, the novel takes its plot from the struggles of "The Wallflower Order," an international conspiracy dedicated to monotheism and control, to contain the "Jes Grew" virus, a personification of ragtime, jazz, polytheism, and freedom. The Wallflower Order is said to work in concert with the Knights Templar Order to prevent people from dancing, and their current goal is to put an end to the dance crazes which are spreading among black people (who are referred to in the novel as "Jes Grew Carriers" or "J.G.C.s").

The 899th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 24th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
  2. - Donald Barthelme’s Reading List (Believer Mag)
  3. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Mumbo Jumbo 1ST Edition Hardcover 5873203 $50.00
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 1971979 $4.39 $0.01 1989
Mumbo Jumbo: A Novel Kindle Edition 123550 $9.99 2013
Mumbo Jumbo Audio CD 2148462 $17.13 $19.00 2001
Mumbo Jumbo (Soul Fiction) (French Edition) Paperback 8321321 $23.08 $22.81 1998
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 5536810 $19.95
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 10575698 $5.50 1972
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 1826002 $72.12 $10.50
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 77734 $9.89 $4.73 1996
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 1476259 $8.27 $15.55 2017
Mumbo Jumbo Hardcover 10092815 $56.00 1975
Mumbo Jumbo (REPLAY) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 5525751 $12.99 2017
Mumbo Jumbo (Italian Edition) Kindle Edition 1498575 $7.99 2016
Mumbo Jumbo Hardcover 634596 $154.00 $58.99
Mumbo Jumbo Paperback 776004 $2.50