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A New World Order : Vintage International - Caryl Phillips

A New World Order

Vintage International

Paperback Published: 30th April 2002
ISBN: 9780375714030
Number Of Pages: 320

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The Africa of his ancestry, the Caribbean of his birth, the Britain of his upbringing, and the United States where he now lives are the focal points of award-winning writer Caryl Phillips' profound inquiry into evolving notions of home, identity, and belonging in an increasingly international society.
At once deeply reflective and coolly prescient, A New World Order" "charts the psychological frontiers of our ever-changing world. Through personal and literary encounters, Phillips probes the meaning of cultural dislocation, measuring the distinguishing features of our identities-geographic, racial, national, religious-against the amalgamating effects of globalization. In the work of writers such as V. S. Naipaul, James Baldwin, and Zadie Smith, cultural figures such as Steven Spielberg, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Marvin Gaye, and in his own experiences, Phillips detects the erosion of cultural boundaries and amasses startling and poignant insights on whether there can be an answer anymore to the question "Where are you from?" The result is an illuminating-and powerfully relevant-account of identity from an exceedingly perceptive citizen of the world.

Industry Reviews

"[Phillips] writes wonderfully crafted, deeply meditative treatises on the black experience in a global and historical sense. . . . [He is] intellectual and reflective but always interesting and informative." -Quarterly Black Review

"One of the literary giants of our time." -The New York Times "Phillips takes us on a lucid transatlantic flight in search of what he-someone from the 'African diasporan world'-might call home. . . . His insight sparkles in every line as he lays bare his cultural upbringing." -The Independent

Introduction: A New World Orderp. 1
The United States
Introduction: The Burden of Racep. 9
Native Son by Richard Wrightp. 18
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwinp. 28
Marvin Gayep. 35
Fatheralong by John Edgar Widemanp. 60
James Baldwin: The Lure of Hollywoodp. 66
Amistadp. 75
Introduction: Dispatches from Africap. 89
The Fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampate Bap. 94
Nadine Gordimer: The Beat of Historyp. 99
J. M. Coetzee: Life and Times of John C.p. 109
The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness by Wole Soyinkap. 122
The Caribbean
Introduction: The Gift of Displacementp. 129
St. Kitts: 19 September 1983p. 135
A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaidp. 144
The Arkansas Testament by Derek Walcottp. 147
C. L. R. James: Mariner, Renegade and Castawayp. 152
Edouard Glissant: Promiscuitiesp. 172
V. S. Naipaulp. 187
Patrick Chamoiseau: Unmaroonedp. 220
Following On: The Legacy of Lamming and Selvonp. 232
Introduction: A Little Luggagep. 241
Ignatius Sancho: A Black British Man of Lettersp. 247
Linton Kwesi Johnson: Prophet in Another Landp. 253
The Pioneers: Fifty Years of Caribbean Migration to Britainp. 264
White Teeth by Zadie Smithp. 283
Extravagant Strangersp. 288
Leeds United, Life and Mep. 298
Conclusion: The High Anxiety of Belongingp. 303
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ISBN: 9780375714030
ISBN-10: 0375714030
Series: Vintage International
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th April 2002
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23