Afropean: Notes from Black Europe

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History, Race Studies, General European History
Paperback Published on: 05/03/2020
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Winner of the The Jhalak Prize 2020

*Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was part of Europe too ... With my brown skin and my British passport - still a ticket into mainland Europe at the time of writing - I set out in search of the Afropeans, on a cold October morning.

Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities.

Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141987286
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 23 mm

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Moving, important and unforgettable
This is wonderful. Pitts beautifully switches between personal stories, historical facts and his observations as he travels through Europe. I cannot recomm... READ MORE
Sonja Swahn Lindstrom
Book Review Afropean Johnny Pitts by Samuel Miller-Monday 14 November 2022
The author of this book travelled by train to eight European countries and met contacts in each, who introduced him to members in the African diaspora who ... READ MORE
Samuel Miller