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  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241342039
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99
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Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone




In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters: a man struggling to become himself.

'Everyone wishes to be loved, but in the event, nearly no one can bear it'

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, we see the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the world of the theatre lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that seems poised on the brink of racial war. In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters: a man struggling to become himself.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241342039
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

James Baldwin

Born in 1924 in New York City, James Baldwin published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity.
Other novels included Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head as well as essay works like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Having lived in France, he died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence.

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Praise for Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

“A true prophet”

The New York Times


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