The Resource Letter to Jimmy : (on the twentieth anniversary of your death), Alain Mabanckou ; translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari

Letter to Jimmy : (on the twentieth anniversary of your death), Alain Mabanckou ; translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari

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Letter to Jimmy : (on the twentieth anniversary of your death)
Title
Letter to Jimmy
Title remainder
(on the twentieth anniversary of your death)
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Alain Mabanckou ; translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"Written on the twentieth anniversary of James Baldwin's death, Letter to Jimmy is African writer Alain Mabanckou's ode to his literary hero and an effort to place Baldwin's life in context within the greater African diaspora. Beginning with a chance encounter with a beggar wandering along a Santa Monica beach-a man whose ragged clothes and unsteady gait remind the author of a character out of one of James Baldwin's novels- Mabanckou uses his own experiences as an African living in the US as a launching pad to take readers on a fascinating tour of James Baldwin's life. As Mabanckou reads Baldwin's work, looks at pictures of him through the years, and explores Baldwin's checkered publishing history, he is always probing for answers about what it must have been like for the young Baldwin to live abroad as an African-American, to write obliquely about his own homosexuality, and to seek out mentors like Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison only to publicly reject them later. As Mabanckou travels to Paris, reads about French history and engages with contemporary readers, his letters to Baldwin grow more intimate and personal. He speaks to Baldwin as a peer-a writer who paved the way for his own work, and Mabanckou seems to believe, someone who might understand his experiences as an African expatriate."--
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autobiography
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mabanckou, Alain
Dewey number
818/.5409
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Ansari, Sara Meli
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  • Baldwin, James
  • Baldwin, James
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans in literature
Label
Letter to Jimmy : (on the twentieth anniversary of your death), Alain Mabanckou ; translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari
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Note
Translated from the French
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 168 pages
Isbn
9781593766016
Lccn
2014022425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881318173
  • 746840
  • (OCoLC)ocn881318173
Label
Letter to Jimmy : (on the twentieth anniversary of your death), Alain Mabanckou ; translated from the French by Sara Meli Ansari
Publication
Note
Translated from the French
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 168 pages
Isbn
9781593766016
Lccn
2014022425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)881318173
  • 746840
  • (OCoLC)ocn881318173

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