We Were Eight Years in Power (Paperback)

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— Penguin Random House

A sobering essay collection by Coates who examines America through the scope of Obama's presidency. Each essay includes prefatory notes in which Coates provides context for each essay's composition as well as reflecting, in parts historical fact and memoir, the degree and the breadth to which the personal is political. Covering figures from Bill Cosby to Malcolm X, topics from Jim Crow to mass incarceration, Coates writes with the candor America needs. Often returning to the idea of hope, or rather his lack of it, readers might be reminded of Coates' interview last fall with TV show host Stephen Colbert. When asked if he had hope for America, Coates answered, "No." In Notes From the Fourth Year Coates writes that art has "no responsibility to be hopeful or optimistic or make anyone feel better about the world" and instead it "must reflect the world in all its brutality and beauty, not in hopes of changing it but in the mean and selfish desire to not be enrolled in its lie..." America is plagued by its desire to offer false hope. In this collection, Coates offers hard truths instead—something harder to swallow, but healthier.

— Hanna Yost



Product Details
ISBN: 9789869716543
ISBN-10: 9869716547
Publisher: Wei Cheng Chu Ban
Publication Date: September 11th, 2019
Language: Chinese