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Another Country: James Baldwin (Penguin…
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Another Country: James Baldwin (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1962; édition 2001)

par James Baldwin (Auteur), Colm Tóibín (Introduction)

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Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Another Country: James Baldwin (Penguin Modern Classics)
Auteurs:James Baldwin (Auteur)
Autres auteurs:Colm Tóibín (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2001), Edition: 1, 448 pages
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Un autre pays par James Baldwin (1962)

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"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read."
  Moshepit20 | Jan 13, 2024 |
In New York City a group of friends, black, white, married, single, bi and gay try to negotiate life. Rufus is a black musician in a tumultuous relationship with Leona, a southern white woman. “They fought each other with their hands and their voices and then their bodies.” He’s homeless and eventually comes to a bad end. His white friend, Vivaldo begins to see life through the eyes of Rufus, harsh and racist.

Rufus’ sister, Ida, tries to love Vivaldo, but the race gap is too much. She learns to use white men to get what she wants. Another friend, Richard, finds that finally approaching his goal of becoming a successful novelist has its drawbacks in his personal life. Eric, an actor, has been sequestered in France with his lover, Yves, but has returned for a part on Broadway. He becomes enmeshed with both Vivaldo and Richard’s wife, Cass.

Baldwin equates love with hostility and cruelty. He also paints a picture of the creative life as one of struggle, despair and compromise, especially if you’re black. This is anxiety fiction. No one is happy. They may have been happy once, long ago, but may not be again. ( )
  Hagelstein | Nov 27, 2022 |
Read first 50 pages just before book club. Black musician Rufus Scott wanders the streets of New York, remembering the events that led to his condition, which began with an affair with white, Southern Leona (this was published before Loving vs. Virginia).

"They knew that no one heard, that bloodless people cannot be made to bleed." (5)
  JennyArch | Nov 22, 2022 |
Un romanzo sul mondo dei neri d'America. Batterista jazz per vocazione e mestiere, Rufus si imbarca in un rapporto d'amore con una bianca, una donna del sud più acceso e razzista. Un amore basato sì sulla sfrenatezza dei sensi, ma anche e soprattutto su una scelta libera e spontanea in grado di superare ogni barriera razziale. Ma a poco a poco tra i due si insinua la dolorosa consapevolezza della propria diversità, che porterà Leona alla follia e Rufus a uno squallido vagabondaggio nei più sordidi angoli di New York tra vizio e disperazione.
  Masnago69 | Aug 12, 2022 |
In the 1950s, liberalism took a different form than it does today. For many, rejecting the norm and what was proper meant possibilities. For others, it wasn't subversive--it was just who they were. But society didn't do anyone any favors. Race, sexuality, and class weren't areas where there was much room for latitude or forgiveness.

Another Country follows a group of friends who try to navigate this environment while seeking truths about themselves. What does it mean to be an artist? How does one know when their life is fulfilled? Are they really universal truths in life? All questions with no easy answers. But over the course of several months the characters wrestle with them in search of some truth.

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Glimpses of history are always very interesting to me. And here James Baldwin gives us just that. And not only is this book a window into the time period, he wrote it at a time when these weren't the kinds of things people regularly wrote about. So the book itself goes against convention by telling the story of people who went against convention. It's a bit meta, but it's also really well written and engaging. ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
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Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.

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