The Pleasures of Exile

The Pleasures of Exile

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'Migration in the 50s and 60s was formative for a whole generation of Caribbean writers, artists and intellectuals who, as Lamming himself says, became 'West Indian' in London. The Pleasures of Exile is simply the most poignant, eloquent, insightful and poetic set of reflections on that experience.'Stuart Hall'The passing of more than 40 years hasn't dulled the sheer brazen confidence with which George Lamming brought a West Indian way of seeing to British life and literature.'Peter Hulme'George Lamming is one of the most important writers in the African diaspora, and one whose work has touched illuminatingly on significant aspects of colonialism, postcolonialism, and other matters vitally important to our comprehension of the worlds in which we live.' Michael AwkwardGeorge Lamming is one of the major figures in late twentieth century literature: his novels -- including In the Castle of My Skin (1953) -- were part of the social, cultural, and political revolution of modern Black writing.The Pleasures of Exile, originally published in 1960, is Lamming's first work of non-fiction. Written during his self-imposed exile in Britain, it explores themes of identity formation. Incorporating memoirs of his own experience, Lamming draws upon Shakespeare's The Tempest and CLR James's The Black Jacobins, as well as his own fiction and poetry. He conjures a rich spectrum of physical, intellectual, psychological and cultural responses to colonialism. This new edition, with a new preface and introduction, reveals a writer far ahead of his time: written before the term 'post-colonial' was invented, the book explores issues that are central to studies of literature today, including the politics of migration, cultural hybridity and minority discourse.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 0745323448
  • 9780745323442
  • 1,785,516

About Mr George Lamming

George Lamming was born in Barbados, emigrated to Britain in 1950 and became a broadcaster for the BBC. In 1967 he became writer-in-residence and lecturer at the University of West Indies. Since then he has been visiting professor at a number of European and American universities. He is the author of six highly regarded novels.show more

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'The passing of more than 40 years hasn't dulled the sheer brazen confidence with which George Lamming brought a West Indian way of seeing to British life and literature' -- Peter Hulme 'Migration in the '50s and '60s was formative for a whole generation of Caribbean writers, artists and intellectuals who, as Lamming himself says, became 'West Indian' in London. The Pleasures of Exile is simply the most poignant, eloquent, insightful and poetic set of reflections on that experience' -- Stuart Hallshow more

Table of contents

Foreword by Richard Drayton Preface to new edition by Bill Schwarz Introduction 1. In the Beginning 2. The Occasion for Speaking 3. Evidence and Example 4. A Way of Seeing 5. Conflict and Illusion 6. A Monster, A Child, A Slave 7. Caliban Orders History 8. Ishmael at Home 9. The African Presence 10. Journey to an Expectation Indexshow more

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