Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
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Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

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In this tender, impassioned fourth novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters: a man struggling to become himself.

'Everyone wishes to be loved, but in the event, nearly no one can bear it'

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, we see the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the world of the theatre lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that seems poised on the brink of racial war. In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters: a man struggling to become himself.

'The emotion surrounding family attachment... is deeply felt and is one reasons he continues to be read with such intensity' Colm Toibin
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 281g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241342031
  • 9780241342039
  • 274,625

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Truth-telling, witness bearing, soul stirring writing Cornel West
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One of the few essential novelists of our time * New Statesman * A jazzlike reconfiguration of Baldwin's own life, with existing parts examined and rearranged and new parts added -- Clifford Thompson * LA Review of Books * Timeless . . . a visionary writer * Guardian * The emotion surrounding family attachment... is deeply felt and is one of the reasons he continues to be read with such intensity -- Colm Toibin Truth-telling, witness bearing, soul stirring writing -- Cornel West
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About James Baldwin

Born in Harlem in 1924, James Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, play-wright, poet, social critic, and the author of more than twenty books. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay col-lection The Fire Next Time was a bestseller that made him an influential figure in the civil rights movement. Baldwin spent many years in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in 1987.
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