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  • Published: 19 October 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241472026
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $45.00
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The Strangers

Five Extraordinary Black Men and the Worlds That Made Them




Richly imagined, radical and revisionist - a portrait of Black masculinity, through the lives and voices of five remarkable Black men

Ira Aldridge: trailblazing Shakespearean actor, playwright, abolitionist, acclaimed and feted across nineteenth century Europe.

Matthew Henson: the first man ever to reach the North Pole, after eighteen years of successive attempts.

Frantz Fanon: revolutionary psychologist and political philosopher, a forefather of modern post-colonial theory.

Malcolm X: firebrand leader in the American civil rights movement, an icon in the fight for racial justice.

Justin Fashanu: gifted sportsman and notorious showman, the first professional footballer in the world to come out publicly as gay.

What do these five men, separated by centuries and continents, have in common? The Strangers tells their stories one by one: as pioneers who made history in their fields, and as sensitive, often solitary individuals moving through a hostile world. And it locates them within the vibrant, restless, richly detailed landscape of Black art, culture, history and politics over the past several centuries.

  • Published: 19 October 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241472026
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $45.00
Categories:

Praise for The Strangers

My world would be less rich without the extraordinary presence of Ekow Eshun. This book will be referenced for years to come. The stranger is hidden in every word on every page of this work, and it is a relief to finally meet him face to face, at the book’s climax, in all his winged and magnificent luminosity

Lemn Sissay

Thrilling and ingenious, propulsive and genre-defying: The Strangers is an outstanding book. Ekow Eshun resurrects five pioneering figures, connecting them thematically to each other while constantly recalibrating the contexts around them, revealing wider global histories, cultures and patterns of power. Compelling and imaginatively expansive, this is something very special – creative non-fiction that inspires, stirs and challenges the reader

Bernardine Evaristo