Black authors of the 18th century were powerful figures: out walking near Charing Cross with one of his artist friends, Ignatius Sancho was accosted by a young fop who cried out to his friend, "Smoke Othello". Sancho placed himself across the path and exclaimed in booming tones, "Aye, Sir, such Othellos you meet with but once in a century. Such Iagos as you, we meet with in every dirty passage. Proceed, Sir!" This book covers the history of black English writing and tells the story of the black and Asian people who have told the story of black and Asian London over the last 30 years of the 20th century. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, biographies and literary references, this work is populated by lotharios, future statesmen, terrorists, Imams, lascars, ex-slaves and colonial revolutionaries.
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Sukhdev Sandhu is film critic of the Daily Telegraph. He has taught in New York and at the University of York. He contributes to radio broadcasts for the BBC and writes for various newspapers and journals. He lives in London. This is his first book.Review:
'A spectacular, stimulating work, full of intriguing information.' Sunday Times 'This cocktail of literary archaeology, social critique and storytelling reopens a window on a marginalised world.' Observer 'A fine, unusually insightful and stylishly written piece of work, a valuable, zesty contribution to the growing body of literature on black writers by black writers.' Daily Telegraph
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11000257182X