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Afropessimism

Afropessimism

Author Frank B. Wilderson III
Publisher Liveright
Publication Date 2021-09
Section New Titles - Paperback / African American Studies
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781324090519

“Wilderson’s thinking teaches us to believe in the miraculous even as we decry the brutalities out of which miracles emerge”—Fred Moten

Praised as “a trenchant, funny, and unsparing work of memoir and philosophy” (Aaron Robertson, Literary Hub), Frank B. Wilderson’s Afropessimism arrived at a moment when protests against police brutality once again swept the nation. Presenting an argument we can no longer ignore, Wilderson insists that we must view Blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Radical in conception, remarkably poignant, and with soaring flights of memoir, Afropessimism reverberates with wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit.

“Wilderson’s ambitious book offers its readers two great gifts. First, it strives mightily to make its pessimistic vision plausible. . . . Second, the book depicts a remarkable life, lived with daring and sincerity.”—Paul C. Taylor, Washington Post

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