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Another country /

by Baldwin, James [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.Description: 436 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0679744711; 9780679744719.Subject(s): Racism -- Fiction | Suicide victims -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Gay men -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction | Racism -- Fiction | Suicide victims -- Fiction | Romance fiction | Psychological fiction | Novels | Fiction | Love stories | Psychological fiction | Psychological fictionAwards: Great American Read, 2018.Summary: 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.Summary: Jazz drummer Rufus Scott. Rufus begins a relationship with Leona, a white woman from the South. He introduces her to his social circle: struggling novelist Vivaldo; his successful mentor Richard, and Richard's wife Cass. Rufus becomes physically abusive of Leona; when she is admitted to a mental hospital, Rufus returns to Harlem and commits suicide. Vivaldo begins a relationship with Rufus' sister Ida, which is strained by racial tension and Ida's bitterness after her brother's death. Eric, Rufus's first male lover, returns to New York after living in France where he met his longtime lover Yves. Ida starts having an affair with Ellis, an advertising executive who promises to help with her career as a singer. Cass has an affair with Eric after he arrives in New York. -- adapted from online synopsis
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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.<br> <br> "Brilliantly and fiercely told." -- The New York Times <br> <br> 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. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.

Jazz drummer Rufus Scott. Rufus begins a relationship with Leona, a white woman from the South. He introduces her to his social circle: struggling novelist Vivaldo; his successful mentor Richard, and Richard's wife Cass. Rufus becomes physically abusive of Leona; when she is admitted to a mental hospital, Rufus returns to Harlem and commits suicide. Vivaldo begins a relationship with Rufus' sister Ida, which is strained by racial tension and Ida's bitterness after her brother's death. Eric, Rufus's first male lover, returns to New York after living in France where he met his longtime lover Yves. Ida starts having an affair with Ellis, an advertising executive who promises to help with her career as a singer. Cass has an affair with Eric after he arrives in New York. -- adapted from online synopsis

Great American Read, 2018.

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Library Journal Review

Concurrent with the 75th anniversary of author/activist Baldwin's birth is this first-ever audio release of his 1962 novel depicting life in New York and France and exploring the era's racial, gender, and sexual taboos. Audie Award winner Dion Graham (River Rising) smoothly conveys the power and rhythm of Baldwin's prose. Highly recommended for readers/listeners of American and African American classics. [Audio clip available through www.bbcaudiobooksamerica.com; Baldwin's 1963 essay collection, The Fire Next Time, is also available from Sound Library, with Jesse L. Martin reading.-Ed.]-Gwendolyn Osborne, Evanston, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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