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Letter to Jimmy : (on the twentieth anniversary of your death)

Author: Alain Mabanckou; Sara Meli Ansari
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Written on the twentieth anniversary of James Baldwin's death, Letter to Jimmy is African writer Alain Mabanckou's ode to his literary hero and an effort to place Baldwin's life in context within the greater African diaspora.Beginning with a chance encounter with a beggar wandering along a Santa Monica beach—a man whose ragged clothes and unsteady gait remind the author of a character out of one of James  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2014022425
Named Person: James Baldwin; James Baldwin
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alain Mabanckou; Sara Meli Ansari
ISBN: 1619024217 9781619024212
OCLC Number: 897425363
Notes: Translated from the French.
Awards: Commended for Lambda Literary Awards (Gay Memoir/Biography) 2015
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Foreword: the Santa Monica wanderer; 1. a brave mother, and a father who did not love himself; 2. the Harlem schoolboy and the Bible; 3. in the footsteps of Professor Wright; 4. the desctruction of idols: from Uncle Tom's Cabin to Native Son; 5. black, bastard, gay and a writer; 6. between the black American and the African: misunderstanding; 7. the years of fire; 8. on black anti-Semitism; 9. the ghost of Saint-Paul-de-Vence; 10. on the need to read or reread you today; Afterword: dialogue with Ralph, the invisible man; Postscript: James Baldwin the brother, the father; Endnotes
Other Titles: Lettre à Jimmy.
Responsibility: Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Sara Meli Ansari.

Abstract:

Written on the twentieth anniversary of James Baldwin's death, Letter to Jimmy is African writer Alain Mabanckou's ode to his literary hero and an effort to place Baldwin's life in context within the greater African diaspora.Beginning with a chance encounter with a beggar wandering along a Santa Monica beach—a man whose ragged clothes and unsteady gait remind the author of a character out of one of James Baldwin's novels— Mabanckou uses his own experiences as an African living in the US as a launching pad to take readers on a fascinating tour of James Baldwin's life. As Mabanckou reads Baldwin.

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