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Imperial Intimacies by Hazel V. Carby

Imperial Intimacies

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Imperial Intimacies by Hazel V. Carby
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Sep 24, 2019 | 416 Pages
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“This beautifully written book raises the bar for political life-writing. Hazel Carby invites readers to follow a reconstructive quest propelled by memory, archive and imagination. It is a journey of discovery that forcefully contextualises the injustice dished out by British governments to the ‘Windrush generation’ and their rebel offspring. Carby disrupts fixed notions of racial identity that contort our understanding of Britain’s colonial and postcolonial history.”
—Paul Gilroy, author of Darker Than Blue and The Black Atlantic

“Angry and lyrical, uncompromising and vivid, Imperial Intimacies is a daughter’s reckoning with the bitter legacies of slavery and colonialism as they come to shape the lives of families and individuals, their dreams and desires. A deeply searching and often moving book, it made me think again about the writing of family history and about what it means to be British.”
—Alison Light, author of Common People

“An elegant memoir which pivots beautifully around those twin imposters, ‘belonging’ and ‘home’. Richly suffused with a love of people and place, Carby’s familiar intellectual rigor never lets us drift off course towards nostalgia.”
—Caryl Phillips, author of A View of the Empire at Sunset

“A heartbreaking and beautiful account of growing-up in the impossible space between mutually exclusive terms—Black and British. The history of empire, slavery and colonialism unfolds in the exquisite and painful details of this unflinching auto-portrait. Carby deftly captures the ways that relations of power are lived, intimately, quietly, destructively, and profoundly. What an achievement.
—Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

“Hazel Carby is a foundational scholar of race, class, and empire as critical lenses for understanding culture. In Imperial Intimacies she shares the way that stories—often difficult to mine and face—are at the core of how her indispensable world view was formed. Imperial Intimacies is an epic, generous book that illuminates black Britain as never before and shows us how a great thinker and educator was formed. It is beautifully told, a treasured look into how a girl came to believe that reading and critical thinking could help mend a broken world and give us tools not only for living in it, but for understanding it. I’ll treasure this book forever.”
—Elizabeth Alexander, author of The Light of the World and American Sublime

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