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The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin

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Format: Paperback / softback, 128 pages
Published In: United States, 28 February 1993
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters, " written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose, " The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.

About the Author

JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in France in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.

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"So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader."--The Atlantic " So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader." --The Atlantic "Basically the finest essay I've ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone's hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you." --Ta-Nehisi Coates "So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader." --The Atlantic -Basically the finest essay I've ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone's hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.- --Ta-Nehisi Coates -So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader.- --The Atlantic "Basically the finest essay I ve ever read. . . .Baldwin refused to hold anyone s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you." --Ta-Nehisi Coates "So eloquent in its passion and so scorching in its candor that it is bound to unsettle any reader." --The Atlantic"

EAN: 9780679744726
ISBN: 067974472X
Publisher: Vintage Books
Dimensions: 20.07 x 13.46 x 0.91 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Sarah Mattielli on
 
Everybody should read this book. Not only because it is extremely written, not repetetive (like some essays can be), to the point and just bloody brilliant but above all because sadly it is still relevant. If you think that musings of a black gay man reflecting on America in the 50s somehow have nothing to do with you then do yourself a favour and read it. It is only 80 pages, not like I am asking you to read War and Peace.
I want to believe that the World has come a long way since the 50s. I am sure it has. But we are not quite there yet, are we? So let's keep reading.

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