Another Country

Another Country

by James Baldwin


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Another Country by James Baldwin

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679744719
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1992
Series: Vintage International Series
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 35,227
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1924

Date of Death:

December 1, 1987

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

St. Paul de Vence, France


DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City

What People are Saying About This

Hughes Langston

[Baldwin] uses words as the sea uses waves, to flow and beat, advance and retreat, rise and take a bow in disappearing…The thought becomes poetry and the poetry illuminates the thought.
—(Langston Hughes)

From the Publisher

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

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

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Another Country 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KenFromMarblehead More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ostrom on LibraryThing 17 hours ago
This might be Baldwin's best novel, edging out Go Tell It On the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, and If Beale Street Could Talk.
Clurb on LibraryThing 17 hours ago
There is some very powerful and daring writing in this story of a black musician's struggle with depression, friends and family in 1960s America. Very much ahead of its time.
KristySP on LibraryThing 5 days ago
When I first read this book, I was completely in love and transformed by Baldwin's powerful language. I felt as though I had never read anything as powerful. Upon a second reading, I was slightly less impressed, and distracted by gratuitous and cheesy sex scenes.'s worth the read and Baldwin's powerful message remains in tact...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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