A Lost Giant, Reimagined
With his new historical novel, ALL MAN’S LAND, D. Laszlo Conhaim mounts a vigorous tribute to Paul Robeson—singer, actor, activist, lawyer, athlete, author. A renaissance man who for five decades sang and spoke to the world, today this titan of the 20th century is all but forgotten.
Mostly fiction, but combining elements of memoir and biography, in All Man’s Land Conhaim rediscovers his own manuscript of thirty years ago that speaks volumes to today’s America. It’s the story of Benjamin Neill, a former slave and decorated Civil War hero who rides into a frontier town with a sack of books, a gift for song, and a powerful message.
Here is a modern take on the singing cowboy—only Benjamin Neill is as able with a spiritual as he is with a Hebrew chant. Those who don’t know him, fear him. Those who know him, fear him even more. By his trials, we will know him. All Man’s Land is a uniquely American story about the fight for racial and social justice.
“Conhaim draws on various elements of the classic Western … to tell a story inspired by his longtime fascination with the singer and activist Paul Robeson … Benjamin is a compelling, multilayered protagonist who moves beyond his Robeson inspiration … The prose is vivid and often dramatic, which makes for a memorable read … A well-developed and thoughtful novel of right and wrong in the Old West.” — Kirkus Reviews