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Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
James Baldwin

Paperback $22.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 15/Oct/2018 - ISBN: 9780241342039

Everyone wishes to be loved, but in the event, nearly no one can bear it'

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, we see the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the world of the theatre lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that seems poised on the brink of racial war. In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters- a man struggling to become himself. Born in Harlem in 1924, James Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, playiwright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay colilection The Fire Next Time was a bestseller that made him an influential figure in the civil rights movement. Baldwin spent many years in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in 1987. In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters: a man struggling to become himself.

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