The Fire Next Time - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Fire Next Time - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages
Published: 25/01/1990
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Waterstones Says

Immensely influential and profoundly moving, Baldwin’s twin letters on his childhood in Harlem and the omnipresent evil of racism in American society were pivotal in the galvanising of the US civil rights movement. Unfailingly eloquent and brimming with passion and heartache, The Fire Next Time frames the battles of the 1960s in an urgent and ever more relevant context for the modern era.  

The landmark work on race in America from James Baldwin, whose life and words are immortalized in the Oscar-nominated film I Am Not Your Negro.

'We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation'

James Baldwin's impassioned plea to 'end the racial nightmare' in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement.

Told in the form of two intensely personal 'letters', The Fire Next Time is at once a powerful evocation of Baldwin's early life in Harlem and an excoriating condemnation of the terrible legacy of racial injustice. 

'Sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle ... all presented in searing, brilliant prose' - The New York Times Book Review 

‘Baldwin writes with great passion... it reeks of truth, as the ghettoes of New York and London, Chicago and Manchester reek of our hypocrisy' - Sunday Times

'The great poet-prophet of the civil rights movement ... his seminal work' - Guardian

Chosen as part of Duncan Jones’ #BowieBookClub in 2018. 

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140182750
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 80 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 6 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Riveting . . . part of Baldwin's enduring power is that he was not a political thinker. He was interested in the soul's dark spaces much more than in the body politic. - Telegraph

The great poet-prophet of the civil rights movement ... his seminal work - Guardian

Sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle . . . all presented in searing, brilliant prose - The New York Times Book Review

Baldwin writes with great passion ... it reeks of truth, as the ghettoes of New York and London, Chicago and Manchester reek of our hypocrisy - Sunday Times

A true prophet . . . his thought and its utterance are nothing less than majestical - The New York Times

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Keiran at Waterstones Harrogate

“More relevant than ever.”

This book consists of a letter to Baldwin's nephew and a discussion of what could, should, and must be done to bring racial equality. Clear, insightful, powerful, and (shockingly) as relevant for the current... More

“Powerful and Thought Provoking”

I added this to my wish list after watching a guest on Between The Covers TV show select it as a favourite read.
This is a very short read but it is powerful read. Which remains very important today. So thought... More

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