The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time - Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics

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Synopsis

'A seminal meditation on race by one of our greatest writers' Barack Obama

'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

Book information

ISBN: 9780140182750
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 814.54
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 1229
Number of pages: 89
Weight: 78g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 9mm