Another Country

By James Baldwin
Read by Dion Graham

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781609987886

  • ISBN: 9780792760511

  • ISBN: 9780792761853

Runtime: 16.22 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A BookRiot Pick of Classics Best Experienced in the Audiobook

New York Times bestseller

Nominated as a PBS Great American Read selection

Published in 1962, this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race, and America in the 1950s.

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. It 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 1950s.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dion Graham’s low-key performance is a great way to re-read Another Country and imagine this world all over again.” BookRiot (audio review)
“Despite its dated lingo and moral standards, this classic audiobook feels both fresh and potent. One reason is the narration of Dion Graham, whose velvet intonation is a perfect match for this novel. The other reason for its freshness might be Baldwin’s nonjudgmental style—particularly in regard to the racial and sexual tensions…Baldwin’s encapsulation of late ’50s Greenwich Village seems spot on, like a perfectly preserved diorama. It’s hard to believe that it’s taken almost five decades to bring this epic story to audio, but this classy unabridged recording is definitely worth the wait.” AudioFile
“Brilliantly and fiercely told.” New York Times
“An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience.” Washington Post
“A novel that explores the interconnectedness of the character’s lives and how easily things can get tangled up. Baldwin has influenced a whole generation of queer writers and remains one of the greats.” BookRiot

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Author

Author Bio: James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924–1987), acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, was educated in New York. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, received excellent reviews and was immediately recognized as establishing a profound and permanent new voice in American letters. 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. The next year, he 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. His other collaborations include A Rap on Race with Margaret Mead and A Dialogue with the poet–activist Nikki Giovanni. He also adapted Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X into One Day When I Was Lost. He was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor a year before his death, one honor among many he achieved in his life.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 16.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English