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Another Country (Paperback)

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'Let our novelists read Mr Baldwin and tremble. There is a whirlwind loose in the land' Sunday Times



When Another Country appeared in 1962, it caused a literary sensation. James Baldwin's masterly story of desire, hatred and violence opens with the unforgettable character of Rufus Scott, a scavenging Harlem jazz musician adrift in New York. Self-destructive, bad and brilliant, he draws us into a Bohemian underworld pulsing with heat, music and sex, where desperate and dangerous characters betray, love and test each other to the limit.



'In Another Country, Baldwin created the essential American drama of the century' Colm Toibin



'An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience' Washington Post



'Brilliantly and fiercely told' The New York Times

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 11/09/2001 ISBN-13: 9780141186375  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in Harlem in 1924, Baldwin had an early career as a teenage preacher. He lived in Paris from 1948-1956 and his first novels, the autobiographical GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN and GIOVANNI'S ROOM established him as a promising novelist and anticipated some of the themes of his later works, such as racism and sexuality. He became a prominent spokesperson for racial equality, especially during the civil rights movement. He lived in France during his last years. Baldwin died in 1987.

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Absolute classic. Such a moving and beautifully written book. Raw and real. Human in the truest sense. Mixed race, straight, gay and bisexual relationships in the US at a time when these were not accepted by most people... Epic.

- 30/10/2013
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I've never read another novel that so convincingly takes you into the minds of such a multifarious group of characters, and with such sympathy. This is a novel about the individual under threat. In Baldwin's New York, race, sex, poverty, commercial and creative success - all are vying to define and limit life. In prose invaded by lyrics from movies, popular songs, jazz and blues, Baldwin immerses you in the mass of the city. His brilliance, however, is to be sure that you always see it through the eyes of the striving, vulnerable men and women without whom it would be a wasteland.

 

James, Charing Cross Road.

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 16/03/2016

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