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ISBN-10: 1324090510
ISBN-13: 9781324090519
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 09/28/2021
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H

Afropessimism

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Wilderson’s thinking teaches us to believe in the miraculous even as we decry the brutalities out of which miracles emerge”–Fred Moten

Praised as “a trenchant, funny, and unsparing work of memoir and philosophy” (Aaron Robertson, ?Literary Hub), Frank B. Wilderson’s Afropessimism arrived at a moment when protests against police brutality once again swept the nation. Presenting an argument we can no longer ignore, Wilderson insists that we must view Blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Radical in conception, remarkably poignant, and with soaring flights of memoir, Afropessimism reverberates with wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit.”Wilderson’s ambitious book offers its readers two great gifts. First, it strives mightily to make its pessimistic vision plausible. . . . Second, the book depicts a remarkable life, lived with daring and sincerity.”–Paul C. Taylor, Washington Post

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A compelling, profoundly unsettling blend of memoir and manifesto that proposes that–by design–matters will never improve for African Americans.... Blending affecting memoir that touches on such matters as mental illness, alienation, exile, and a transcendent maternal love with brittle condemnation of a condition of unfreedom and relentless othering, the author delivers a difficult but necessary argument. Perhaps the greatest value of the book is in its posing of questions that may seem rhetorical but in fact probe at interethnic conflicts that are hundreds, even thousands of years old.... An essential contribution to any discussion of race and likely to be a standard text in cultural studies for years to come.–Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
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ISBN-10: 1324090510
ISBN-13: 9781324090519
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 09/28/2021
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.90" H
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