Another Country

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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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Overview

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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"An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience" —Washington Post

"Brilliantly and fiercely told." —The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679744719
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 166,060
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

James Baldwin
James Baldwin was born in 1924 and educated in New York. The author of over twenty works of fiction and non-fiction, Baldwin received numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant. In 1986 he was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor. He died in 1987.

Biography

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, and educated in New York. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews and immediately was recognized as establishing a profound and permanent new voice in American letters. "Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else," he remarked. Baldwin's play The Amen Corner was first performed at Howard University in 1955 (it was staged commercially in the 1960s), and his acclaimed collection of essays Notes of a Native Son, was published the same year. A second collection of essays, Nobody Knows My Name, was published in 1961 between his novels Giovanni's Room (1956) and Another Country (1961).

The appearance of The Fire Next Time in 1963, just as the civil rights movement was exploding across the American South, galvanized the nation and continues to reverberate as perhaps the most prophetic and defining statement ever written of the continuing costs of Americans' refusal to face their own history. It became a national bestseller, and Baldwin was featured on the cover of Time magazine. Critic Irving Howe said that The Fire Next Time achieved "heights of passionate exhortation unmatched in modern American writing." In 1964 Blues for Mister Charlie, his play based on the murder of a young black man in Mississippi, was produced by the Actors Studio in New York. That same year, Baldwin was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and collaborated with the photographer Richard Avedon on Nothing Personal, a series of portraits of America intended as a eulogy for the slain Medger Evers. A collection of short stories, Going to Meet the Man, was published in 1965, and in 1968, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, his last novel of the 1960s appeared.

In the 1970s he wrote two more collections of essays and cultural criticism: No Name in the Street (1972) and The Devil Finds Work (1976). He produced two novels: the bestselling If Beale Street Could Talk (1974) and Just Above My Head (1979) and also a children's book Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood (1976). He collaborated with Margaret Mead on A Rap on Race (1971) and with the poet-activist Nikki Giovanni on A Dialogue (1973). He also adapted Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X into One Day When I Was Lost.

In the remaining years of his life, Baldwin produced a volume of poetry, Jimmy's Blues (1983), and a final collection of essays, The Price of the Ticket. Baldwin's last work, The Evidence of Things Not Seen (1985), was prompted by a series of child murders in Atlanta. Baldwin was made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor in June 1986. Among the other awards he received are a Eugene F. Saxon Memorial Trust Award, a Rosenwald fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Partisan Review fellowship, and a Ford Foundation grant.

James Baldwin died at his home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in France on December 1, 1987.

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    1. Also Known As:
      James Arthur Baldwin (full name)
      James Baldwin
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 2, 1924
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      December 1, 1987
    2. Place of Death:
      St. Paul de Vence, France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    WOW! Pleasantly surprised!

    When I was asked to read this book, I had no knowledge of James Baldwin whatsoever. I did not know what to expect from this book at first but once I started reading it I felt like it had carried me away to another era. It is very difficult to put down!! Baldwin is an extraordinary writer with such emotion and knowledge on what he writes about that you feel for the characters deeply. Throughout the book I was reaching for the Kleenex box! I am now hooked on Baldwin.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    Insightful work of human emotions, sexual confusion and interracial relationships in the early 1950's.

    To give James Baldwin's Another Country four stars (and not five) seems wrong. But he would have written it differently today. I suspect he thought social conditions for blacks and censorship in american literature would never change very much. Or, maybe his editor felt this was risky enough material for 1962. Consequently, the emotions and prejudices of the characters need to be interpreted by the reader with some historical perspective and the sexual situations are less vivid in their description than they might be today.
    What the book is, is an extremely personal study of human emotions under varied stresses. Interracial love, black and white racial prejudice, writers issues and homo/bisexuality in the early 1950's are examined closely through the characters. My sense is that Baldwin put a great deal of himself into this work beyond telling a story. For readers who enjoy highly original descriptive writing, Another Country has another whole level to appreciate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Loved it

    So when i first read this great book (i was maybe 17 or 18 some where around there) I had found it in my dads house .He is a professer at Oberlin Colloge. I picked it upp and could not stop reading untill I was done. I felt so bad . I cried many of times in that book . That is actual the fiorst book that has made me cry but so what it was a good book....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    A Treasure I Almost Missed

    I have heard of James Baldwin for 30 years, but had no time for reading then. I am retired and reading is my escape, thank God I found a used Baldwin from a library in New Hampshire, right here in Florida. I want MORE and in a darker or larger type.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    Articulated Agony

    Another Country seeks to bring understanding to those who are often most misunderstood. Gay men, black women and adulterous wives, those societies tend to hate the most, the people who are often only understood by one another. I would recommend the book for open minds; it is a passionate novel that vocalizes the agony of being different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    Powerful

    After I read the first chapter, I could not put the book down, it was powerful, amusing and painful. So, after I experienced all these things within the first chapter, I had to keep reading, I have read alot of books, in my eight-teen years of life, and nothing has had me on my toes like this. You have to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2001

    Gripping!

    This is another terrific novel from the talented James Baldwin. Here he writes a book that's brimming with raw emotion, frustration and fear. The suicide of a jazz musician prompts those closest to him to piece together what drove him to that desperate act. At the same time, it forces them to search for their own true identities, personal, sexual and racial, amidst a sea of longing and anger. This novel really makes us feel their pain and suffering and gives the reader¿s insight into what makes them tick. We are able to live in their world and share their lives with them. We hear startling revelations and look into their pasts through flashbacks. The characters of Vivaldo, Ida, Cass, Rufus, Eric and Richard virtually come to life, so much so that one feels these people really exist. This is a truly gripping story that is both intense and emotional. This book would make an excellent addition to any library. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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