Citizen - Claudia Rankine


By Claudia Rankine

  • Release Date: 2014-10-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 44 Ratings)

Book Information

A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

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Recent Reviews

  • spiritual

    By Sansound
    I will be honest, the style of writing left me ignorant may times but I was able to feel the author through these episodes. The stories leave one to support the presentations with stories or experiences of one’s own, as a cosign of sorts. Effective.
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    By laurenlefa
    Well written and thought provoking
  • Outstanding!

    By 1hiphy
    I've never written a book review before now. I enjoy reading, but never considered myself as a literary type, if that makes any sense. I can't comment on things like prose or writing style. I will only say that this book provides insight as to why we sometimes find it hard to breath.