• Balèze

    Kiese Laymon

    " Profondément original et bouleversant, Balèze déconstruit tous nos préjugés sur la condition des Noirs aux États-Unis. " LA Times L'un des meilleurs récits de 2018 selon le New York Times
    Partant de son enfance dans le Mississippi, passée aux côtés d'une mère brillante mais compliquée, Kiese Laymon retrace les événements et les relations qui l'ont façonné. De ses premières expériences de violence et de racisme jusqu'à son arrivée à New York en tant que jeune universitaire, il évoque avec une sincérité poignante et désarmante son rapport au poids, au sexe et au jeu, mais aussi à l'écriture. En explorant son histoire personnelle, Kiese Laymon questionne en écho la société américaine ; les conséquences d'une enfance passée dans un pays obsédé par le progrès mais incapable de se remettre en question.
    Récit intime qui met en lumière les échecs d'un pays, Balèze est un formidable acte de défi et de courage.
    - Andrew Carnegie Medal for Non-Fiction

  • 'I was stunned into stillness' Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
    'I've had guns pulled on me by four people under Central Mississippi skies - once by a white undercover cop, once by a young brother trying to rob me for the left-overs of a weak work-study check, once by my mother and twice by myself. Not sure how or if I've helped many folks say yes to life, but I've definitely aided in a few folks dying slowly in America, all without the aid of a gun'
    Kiese Laymon grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. That was where he started to write and where he began to seek to create an honest account of living in the US, a country striving to declare itself multi-cultural, post-racial and mostly innocent. This is that account.
    Drawing on his own personal experiences, these essays are Laymon's attempt to deal with many issues occupying America today, from race, identity and writing to music, celebrity and violence. Through letters between his own disparate family members, pleas to performers whose voices will never be heard again, recollections of his own failure to become a world-famous emcee, analysis of the growing culture of fear in the media and detailed accounts of his clashes with an education system that has both advanced and failed the generation he grew up in, Laymon gets closer not only to the truth behind himself, but to the promises behind the promised land.
    Searing and passionate, this timely collection of essays introduces a vibrant new voice in US literature and offers a unique insight into the forces that are tearing America apart today.