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   The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
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Categories: Race Relations | Fiction - Literature
Code: 965 |  ISBN: 067974472X |  128 pp. |  Publication Date: 1992
Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
Indigo's Comments
Though he's writing about the political turmoil of the day, Baldwin's nonfiction doesn't seem to age -- maybe because he is writing so much about the personal dimensions of racism and revolution. He understood that an end to racism would mean liberation for whites as well as blacksa. ?geoff

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