The ultimate anti-hero, Iceberg Slim, takes you into the secret
inner world of the pimp, and the smells, the sounds, the fears and
petty triumphs of his world. A legendary figure of the Chicago
underworld, this is his story: from defending his mother against
the evil men she brought into their lives, to becoming a giant of
the streets. A seething tale of brutality, cunning and greed,
"Pimp" is a harrowing portrait of life on the wrong side
of the tracks, and a rich warning from a true survivor.
* Slim belongs to the knuckle-duster-in-the-face school of storytelling. Sunday Times * Slim always told it as it was, without compromise. -- Irvine Welsh * Pimp is hot and frantic, a remarkable tour de force of carnality and violence. The Times * Iceberg Slim does for the pimp what Jean Genet did for the thief. Washington Post * Pimp is an eye-boggling netherworld documentary, a tear-arse tale of ferocious emotion, expressed through action. Q magazine * Iceberg Slim always kept it real. It is blatant, uncompromising, and as close to the truth as you can get without going there yourself. -- Ice T * This brutally honest memoir...is as shocking today as ever. A precursor of 40 years of black-street culture, this is uncompromising and harrowing, but a landmark book nonetheless. Big Issue 20090302
Iceberg Slim alias Robert Beck, geboren 1918 in Chicago, gestorben 1992, ist der bekannteste Pimp aller Zeiten. Ende der 50er Jahre, nach einem Vierteljahrhundert exzessiven Lebens und nach drei ebenso exzessiven Gefängnisaufenthalten, sagte er dem kriminellen Leben ab und begann eine Karriere als Schriftsteller. Er veröffentlichte sechs Romane, die zu den meistgekauften, -zitierten und -gelesenen Büchern der USA zählen.