Letter to Jimmy
by Alain Mabanckou
Soft Skull Press. 176 pages, $15.
THIS SHORT BOOK provides many insights into the life and work of James Baldwin (1924-1987). On the twentieth anniversary of his death, French-African writer Alain Mabanckou has written a biography in the form of a letter to Baldwin, addressing the novelist as a way of examining his life and writings as he considers Baldwin’s relevance today. Mabanckou finds much in Baldwin that still speaks to us concerning race, sexuality, and Western history.
Charles Green is a writer based in Annapolis, Maryland.