By Jeff Sparrow
Film megastar. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.
Paul Robeson used to be a prize-winning pupil and the best footballer of his period, even sooner than he ascended to international superstardom as a singer, Hollywood actor, and activist. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson surprised audiences with ‘Ol’ guy River’ and Othello, as his ardour for social justice led him from Jazz Age Harlem to the mining cities of Wales, from the frontiers of the Spanish Civil conflict to Stalin’s Russia.
Charismatic, eloquent, and good-looking, he had every thing — after which misplaced all of it for the sake of his principles.
Jeff Sparrow lines Robeson’s stricken existence and stellar profession, in a narrative that traverses the arc of the 20th century and illuminates the fissures of today’s fractured global. From Black Lives subject to Putin’s United Russia, Sparrow visits the locations Robeson lived and labored, exploring race in the United States, freedom in Moscow, and the legacies of communism and fascism in Europe.
Part travelogue, half biography, this can be a story of political passion, history, and trauma — a luminous portrait of a striking guy, and an pressing mirrored image at the crises that outline us now.
Read or Download No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson PDF
Similar biographies of lawyers & judges books
HE HAS TAKEN HIS online game -- AND the sport -- TO a brand new point He grew up in Virginia with not anything yet his expertise and his center. yet he had The Plan: his never-say-die dream to develop into an NBA famous person. So he started his trip down a street choked with stumbling blocks. however the international underestimated Allen Iverson. .. . worry not anyone From his first days enjoying collage hoops.
I actually skilled many stuff, which i've got comparable right here within the first individual. occasionally I relate my observations as a witness to what's taking place round me or simply my emotions and perceptions. despite the fact that, I don’t desire a basically self-centred story yet one who consists of different African immigrants in modern the USA.
Barefoot center is a vividly advised autobiographical account of the lifetime of a toddler starting to be up in a relatives of migrant farm employees. It brings to lifestyles the day by day lifestyles of individuals dealing with the stumbling blocks of operating within the fields and elevating a relations in an atmosphere that's usually antagonistic to those that have little schooling and converse one other language.
A rollicking memoir throughout the moving zeitgeist of the final 5 decadesIn The Barefoot Bingo Caller, Antanas Sileika unearths what’s humorous and touching within the impossible areas, from the bingo corridor to the collapsing Soviet Union. He stocks tales that span his makes an attempt to shake off his suburban, ethnic, folk-dancing early life to his divided allegiance as a Lithuanian-Canadian father.
- Woman on Top: The Art of Smashing Stereotypes and Breaking All the Rules
- A Lawyer
- Vista Del Mar: A Memoir of the Ordinary
- Dark Designs and Visual Culture
Additional info for No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson