Jan Carew Rape of Paradise

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Rape of Paradise

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On the morning of October 12, 1492, a group of Tainos discovered Christopher Columbus and a landing party from his flagship the Santa Maria on a beach of Guanahani. Russell Thornton, author of American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population History Since 1492, calls it quite justifiably, "one of the more important demographic events in the history of the world."

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Jan Carew was born in British Guiana two years after World War I, but spent most of his life abroad. He has led a rich and varied life as writer, educator, philosopher and advisor to several nation states. After his initial education in British Guiana (now Guyana) in South America, he studied at universities in the U.S., Czechoslovakia, and France.

In London, he worked as a broadcaster and writer with the BBC and lectured in race relations at London University’s Extra-mural department. He has also lived in Spain, Ghana, Canada and Mexico. He has taught at many universities in the U.S., including Princeton, Rutgers, George Mason, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and the University of Louisville. He is Emeritus Professor of African American Studies from Northwestern University, where he taught from 1973 to 1987.

He has won a number of awards for his writing, including the 1964 Daily Mirror’s (London) award for Best Play for "The Day of the Fox," and the Pushcart Prize (U.S.) for his essay "The Caribbean Writer and Exile." He is perhaps still best known for his first novel, Black Midas, and his memoir, Ghosts in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England and the Caribbean. His most recent publication is a collection of children’s stories, The Sisters and Manco’s Stories.

Despite the implosion that collapsed the Second World upon itself (leaving the Third World with only one super power with which to contend), and the profound changes that an electronic, communication and service industry has brought about, Jan Carew remains an ardent Pan-Africanist. His motto as a writer and artist comes from one of his poems: "Art and Literature" he wrote, "are like lightening, for lightning illuminates, and is never timid."

Currently, Jan Carew is living in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Dr. Joy Gleason Carew, and concentrating on his memoirs.

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