In 1984 the novelist Caryl Phillips set off on a journey across Europe in an attempt to clarify the fundamental question of his identity - as he put it "to come to terms with what it is like to feel both of, and not of, Europe". In a series of snapshots - part travelogue, part autobiography, part polemic - the author gives an account of a journey ...Read MoreIn 1984 the novelist Caryl Phillips set off on a journey across Europe in an attempt to clarify the fundamental question of his identity - as he put it "to come to terms with what it is like to feel both of, and not of, Europe". In a series of snapshots - part travelogue, part autobiography, part polemic - the author gives an account of a journey of the heart and mind as well as of Europe today. This new edition includes an account of the radical and profound changes which have taken place in Europe over the last eight years.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1987-05-29 An Oxford graduate born in the West Indies, 29-year-old Phillips (A State of Independence has suffered from racial discrimination ever since first coming to London as a child. In these short notes on a year's international wanderings, he speculates on the problems of minority peoples living amongst ``the European tribe,'' which has forced its languages and cultures on the world. In Casablanca, the poverty of the Moroccan people is at variance with his memories of the movie classic; in Venice, he reflects on Shakespeare's Shylock and Othello; on a Paris Metro platform his arm is grabbed by a young black man who has been pickpocketed by whites; and in Amsterdam, he visits the Anne Frank house. An Irish archbishop tells him that Flora Shaw, a Dubliner, gave Nigeria its name (after ``Niger-area''). Foreign workers in West Germany ``have no civil rights'' and ``do not officially exist.'' Customs officers in Norway hassle him at the airport. Phillips's findings are not especially new, but his eyes are sensitive and his pen is sharp. He deserves better editing. First serial to the New York Times Book Review. (July)
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