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The Fire Next Time af James Baldwin
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The Fire Next Time (udgave 1992)

af James Baldwin (Forfatter)

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At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto.
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Titel:The Fire Next Time
Forfattere:James Baldwin (Forfatter)
Info:Vintage (1992), Edition: Reissue, 128 pages
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These essays are lucid writings that made me admire the firm and magnificent writing style, while I was disgusted by the intolerance and racism that existed when Baldwin wrote the book. He is a first-rate intellectual.
Very short, easy to read in an hour or two and probably one of the most important books I read. I would like to feel your conviction that such a conviction is valuable and capable of bringing about change. Anyway, he is one of the greatest North American authors. ( )
  FatimaCastelao | Mar 15, 2021 |
The Fire Next Time is a 1963 book comprised of two essays:
1. MY DUNGEON SHOOK: Letter to My Nephew on the One-Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation, Baldwin is writing to James, his nephew, and namesake.

2. DOWN AT THE CROSS: Letter from a Region in My Mind

Sadly, Baldwin’s autobiographical themes are timely for the 21st century. He talks of the self-loathing taught to Black Americans and whether Whites should be paragons for how Blacks should live. He focuses much of his essays on religion and how it can sow seeds for concepts that are not necessarily desirable for learning to love your neighbor.

In much the same manner that Isabel Wilkerson explores race in her book Caste, James Baldwin did this a few decades earlier. He discusses the concept that race is political, not biological and that the “Negro” only exists in the United States of America. Baldwin also talks about the Third Reich, Germany making obsolete any notion that Christianity was all-powerful. He makes it clear that what happened to Jews in Germany could happen to Blacks in America.

Baldwin talks about being the stepson of a northern pentecostal minister and how that affected his upbringing and thinking. Much of the books’ two essays focus on religion, and attention is given to Elijah Mohammed, who was able to convert drunkards and junkies in a way that Christians were unable. In considering different viewpoints, Baldwin didn’t want to start his own country or religion. He was more conciliatory. He wanted everybody to get along. He emphasizes that writers, poets, and artists had the moral authority to point out the world’s lack of justice. Amidst his themes of imprisonment, prejudice, and fear, he pleads with Whites to deal with his people as men, not victims. He despises pity parties and wants to believe that the future is hopeful.


Some memorable quotes:
“Negroes in this country—and Negroes do not, strictly or legally speaking, exist in any other—are taught really to despise themselves from the moment their eyes open on the world. This world is white and they are black.” (p. 25). Kindle Edition.

“To defend oneself against a fear is simply to insure that one will, one day, be conquered by it; fears must be faced.” (p. 27). Kindle Edition.

“White Christians have also forgotten several elementary historical details. They have forgotten that the religion that is now identified with their virtue and their power—“God is on our side,” says Dr. Verwoerd—came out of a rocky piece of ground in what is now known as the Middle East before color was invented, and that in order for the Christian church to be established, Christ had to be put to death, by Rome, and that the real architect of the Christian church was not the disreputable, sunbaked Hebrew who gave it his name but the mercilessly fanatical and self-righteous St. Paul.” (p. 43-44). Kindle Edition.

“Negroes were brought here in chains long before the Irish ever thought of leaving Ireland; what manner of consolation is it to be told that emigrants arriving here—voluntarily—long after you did have risen far above you?” (p. 60). Kindle Edition.


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  LindaLoretz | Mar 15, 2021 |
The Fire Next Time is a 1963 non-fiction book by James Baldwin. It contains two essays or letters entitled, “My Dungeon Shook — Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation” and “Down at the Cross — Letter from a Region of My Mind.” The New York Times Book Review described it as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose.”

Review from: The Write of Your Life. Books on race relations in America.
  stlukeschurch | Mar 8, 2021 |
Over fifty years after its original publication, Baldwin's THE FIRE NEXT TIME still hits hard. It is an unflinching, beautifully written memoir and presentation of Black life in America, especially as a Black man. And fifty plus years later, many of the pressing issues of race and class raised in THE FIRE NEXT TIME still plague America to this day. This remains an essential text. ( )
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