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The Resource Letter to jimmy : on the twentieth anniversary of your death, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Sara Meli Ansari

Letter to jimmy : on the twentieth anniversary of your death, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Sara Meli Ansari

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Letter to jimmy : on the twentieth anniversary of your death
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Letter to jimmy
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on the twentieth anniversary of your death
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Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Sara Meli Ansari
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"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's work, looks at pictures of him through the years, and explores Baldwin's checkered publishing history, he is always probing for answers about what it must have been like for the young Baldwin to live abroad as an African-American, to write obliquely about his own homosexuality, and to seek out mentors like Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison only to publicly reject them later. As Mabanckou travels to Paris, reads about French history and engages with contemporary readers, his letters to Baldwin grow more intimate and personal. He speaks to Baldwin as a peer-a writer who paved the way for his own work, and Mabanckou seems to believe, someone who might understand his experiences as an African expatriate." -- On back cover
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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."--
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contains biographical information
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10389873
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NhCcYBP
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1966-
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Mabanckou, Alain
Dewey number
818.5409
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Ansari, Sara Meli
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True
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  • Baldwin, James
  • African Americans in literature
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
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adult
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on the twentieth anniversary of your death
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Letter to jimmy : on the twentieth anniversary of your death, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Sara Meli Ansari
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volume
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text
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 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 destruction 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
Control code
000053804553
Extent
viii, 168 pages ;
Isbn
9781593766016
System control number
(OCoLC)881318173
Label
Letter to jimmy : on the twentieth anniversary of your death, Alain Mabanckou ; translated by Sara Meli Ansari
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 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 destruction 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
Control code
000053804553
Extent
viii, 168 pages ;
Isbn
9781593766016
System control number
(OCoLC)881318173

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