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Afropessimism (Hardback)
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Afropessimism (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 29/05/2020
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A seminal work that combines ground-breaking philosophy with searing flights of memoir, Afropessimism presents the tenets of an increasingly influential intellectual movement that theorises blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Rather than interpreting slavery through a Marxist framework of class oppression, Frank B. Wilderson III, demonstrates that the social construct of slavery is hardly a relic of the past but an almost necessary force in our civilisation that flourishes today, and that Black struggles cannot be conflated with the experiences of any other oppressed group. In mellifluous prose, he juxtaposes his seemingly idyllic Minneapolis upbringing with the harshness later encountered, whether in Berkeley or Soweto. Afropessimism reverberates with wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit.

Publisher: WW Norton & Co
ISBN: 9781631496141
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 616 g
Dimensions: 239 x 160 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An edifying and utterly enthralling meditation on the joys and sorrows of being a doctor at the frontlines of high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky is a clinician who loves what she does, who grapples with tough decisions and who cares deeply about women's reproductive health... This book should be mandatory reading for any woman who has been pregnant or considering pregnancy and everyone who provides health care to women.--Randi H. Epstein, author of Aroused
Dr. Karkowsky knows her subject from the inside, and shows us, both through her narratives and her wise reflections on them, just why such 'knowledge is powerful and painful and damaging, but it's also powerful and healing and wonderful.'... Every doctor, medical student, and prospective parent should read it.--Terrence Holt, author of Internal Medicine
Dr. Karkowsky unflinchingly probes the expectations, precedents, myths, realities, and curveballs of modern pregnancy and delivery. This book is a significant contribution to the discourse about women's health and medicine today.--Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of When We Do Harm
Pregnancies don't always end up happily ever after, even in the skilled hands of a maternal-fetal medicine physician like Karkowsky.... She provides a great deal of helpful information, carefully explaining an alphabet soup of acronyms... She spells out why some pre-existing conditions in pregnant moms can lead to problems. . . . It's reassuring to know that maternal deaths are rare and that doctors try so hard to help at-risk moms and their babies meet the odds.--Karen Springen
What a gift to find a voice like Dr. Karkowsky's in the literary conversation around birth. Her humility, introspection, self-examination, and expertise is precisely what we need from our most highly trained specialists.... A fascinating dispatch from the front lines of high-risk obstetrics.--Elisa Albert, author of After Birth
[Wilderson's] writing is powerful, nuanced, and lyrical ("Her hair was white and thin as dandelion puffs," he recalls of a visit to his aged mother.)... [his] passionate account of racism's malevolent influence is engrossing.
A compelling, profoundly unsettling blend of memoir and manifesto that proposes that--by design--matters will never improve for African Americans.... Blending affecting memoir that touches on such matters as mental illness, alienation, exile, and a transcendent maternal love with brittle condemnation of a condition of unfreedom and relentless othering, the author delivers a difficult but necessary argument. Perhaps the greatest value of the book is in its posing of questions that may seem rhetorical but in fact probe at interethnic conflicts that are hundreds, even thousands of years old.... An essential contribution to any discussion of race and likely to be a standard text in cultural studies for years to come.--Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
Frank B. Wilderson III both thinks and feels, and profoundly knows the difference. I am not sure that I agree with what he thinks, because frankly, how would I know? But I hope that he is wrong, even though I know that no thinking is wishful. Read this book.--Fran Lebowitz

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