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If Beale Street Could Talk

 12.00

by James Baldwin

The inspiration for the new film from Oscar award-winning director Barry Jenkins

‘Achingly beautiful’ Guardian

If Beale Street Could Talk

Harlem, the black soul of New York City, in the era of Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The narrator of Baldwin’s novel is Tish; nineteen, and pregnant. Her lover Fonny, father of her child, is in jail accused of rape. Flashbacks from their love affair are woven into the compelling struggle of two families to win justice for Fonny. To this love story James Baldwin brings a spare and impassioned intensity, charging it with universal resonance and power.

This short work is one of the most beautiful and compelling novellas of the Twentieth century.

About the Author

James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in the society of the United States during the twentieth-century.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.2 × 19.7 cm

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