Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

Jesmyn Ward


A timely and ground-breaking collection of essays and poems about race in America from some of its most unique and powerful voices. In this anthology, Jesmyn Ward brings together the most important voices of a new generation. More than 50 years ago, James Baldwin wrote, in ‘The Fire Next Time’, that ‘the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon’; now, responding to both Baldwin’s words and the new tragedies of our day, 18 influential thinkers wrestle with the past, present and future of American race relations and the black experience.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREdited by two-time National Book Award winner and Women’s Prize shortlisted-author Jesmyn Ward, a timely and groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race in AmericaIn this bestselling collection of essays and poems, Jesmyn Ward gathers a new generation of writers and thinkers to speak on race. From Claudia Rankine to Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Kiese Laymon to Carol Anderson, these voices shine a light on the darkest corners of American history, wrestle with the struggles the country faces today and imagine a better future. Envisioned as a response to The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, The Fire This Time considers the black experience in modern America. Significant progress has been made in the fifty years since Baldwin’s essays were published, but America is a long distance away from a post-racial society – a truth that must be confronted if the country is to continue to work towards change.Baldwin’s ‘fire next time’ is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Sage, urgent and impassioned, this is an essential collection edited by one of America’s greatest writers.

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Weight0.192 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.6 cm