The Fire Next Time - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)James Baldwin (author)
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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
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 78 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 5 mm
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 -- Mario Puzo * The New York Times *
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