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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Baldwin Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Published in 1962, this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race, and America in the 1950s.

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. It is a novel of passions—sexual, racial, political, artistic—that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the 1950s.

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  • “An almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine Jackson | 2/12/2014

    " This book was just as wonderful and intriguing as the first time I read it. Listening to the audio version lended a new dimension to the work. Complex characters, magnificent passages, and difficult themes make this a classic worth going back to from time to time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Xavier | 2/12/2014

    " New York in the early 70s. Jazz. Drugs. Interracial sex. Gay sex. Falling from grace. Outstanding prose. It's sexy and probably one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/5/2014

    " His writing goes straight to the matter of relationships. Each complex and all enriched and troubled by sexuality, class, race, geography,and gender. A truly good read if you are open to being uncomfortable and willing to leave behind your "moral" high-ground. I truly enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mmars | 1/30/2014

    " Of the four Baldwin novels I've read, this is so far my least favorite. I admit that the character's brutal flaws may have something to do with this, they were largely unlikeable. As does how disturbing I found Baldwin's bold and honest take of racial tension mixed up with gender and sexual tension was bold, honest, and disturbing. But also nagging at me is the feeling that his writing felt more difficult, like he wanted to make such a strong statement and these is so much to say and he wanted to get it all into this book, and, well, that is a daunting task for any writer, including Baldwin. Also, I don't know whether it was intentional, but there was an aura of superficiality hovering over what was presented as close friendship it made most of the character's relationships unbelievable. I don't know if this was intentional on Baldwin's part. Probably. But for me, it seemed a flaw. "

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