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Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

作者 : Ta-Nehisi Coates

出版社 : Spiegel & Grau

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定價 : NT 699

售價 : NT699

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2015年美國國家圖書獎非文學類獎得主
一位非裔父親給孩子的信,將自己的過去與孩子的未來交織
美國寫作族群議題第一把交椅的作家,對當代美國族群議題最大膽與個人的思索

出版人週刊選為年度十大選書、亞馬遜書店編輯年度選書,紐約時報暢銷書。諾貝爾獎得主Toni Morrison盛讚本書為「必讀之作」。

Between the World and Me作者Ta-Nehisi Coates為美國亞特蘭大報記者,長年關注種族與平權議題,評論犀利、文筆鏗鏘,為當代最具影響力的青年知識份子之一。喜愛Marvel的他還曾經加入寫作以黑人為主角的美漫英雄故事。

本書是作者以回憶錄體例寫給兒子的一封信。成長在美國出現第一位非裔總統的時代,作者的青春期兒子成長背景和Coates或其他祖父執輩完全不同。非裔人權400年來的歷史,從奴隸制度到歐巴馬上任,以旁人的眼光來看,可能會認為不需再有盼望。然而,Coates以他驚人的文筆,深刻地描寫身為黑人的他年少的成長經驗,對世界的恐懼、挫折,對安全、尊嚴與未來的期望,渴望在世界與自己之間,找到立足之地。

Between the World and Me不在以高深理論或做法,一舉改變美國目前的種族問題,但是本書卻提供了改變前最必要的─理解的可能。Coates以他細微的觀察、動人的描寫,有如自身的成長宣言,揭露了當代非裔青年的成長過程與內心世界,並為之深深動容。

這是一本將改變你我觀點的動人之作。


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer)

“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Brilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders, and it is something to behold: a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision.”—The Washington Post

“I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory.”—Toni Morrison

“A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers, Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country. An instant classic and a gift to us all.”—Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns

“I know that this book is addressed to the author’s son, and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass, inexorably, into harm’s way. I hope that I will be forgiven, then, for feeling that Coates was speaking to me, too, one father to another, teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable.”—Michael Chabon

“A work of rare beauty . . . a love letter written in a moral emergency, one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy.”—Slate
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