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1 Diawara, Manthia We Won't Budge: an African Exile in the World
In this searing and bittersweet memoir, Diawara revisits his early years as an African emigrant in love with Swedish girls and American rock and roll. Taking us from the nightclubs of his hometown Bamako to the cafes of Boulevard Montparnasse, to the black neighborhoods of 1970s Washington D. C. , Diawara brings to life the generations of Africans who were drawn to the promise of Western equality and prosperity in the heady days of the international student movement. Now able to look at the assimilation process from a more nuanced perspective, he confronts the prejudices of those who assume he is simply another unwanted illegal immigrant, and yet watches his fifteen-year-old son walk around Paris free from the suspicion that can haunt young black men in New York. But he is also brought back to his life-altering decision to "move on" to the United States, as well as the broken dreams of those who returned to Africa, driven either by homesickness or the immigration department. We leave this haunting story exhilarated by Diawara's personal triumph and humbled by his humanity. 271 pages; binding is fine but has a 1 1/2" remainder mark on the page ends. The jacket has one small paper separation on the back bottom. 6 1/4" x 9 1/2
Basic Civitas Books
2003, First Edition
Very Good in Fine dust jacket

Price: 8.74 USD
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