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The Color Curtain

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This indispensable work urging removal of the color barrier remains one of the key commentaries on the question of race in the modern era. First published in 1956, it arose from Richard Wright's participation in a global conference held in Bandung, Indonesia, in April 1955. With this report of what occurred at Bandung Wright takes a central spot on the international stage ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by University Press of Mississippi (first published 1956)
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May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I almost skipped this book from my 1956 reading list. Fortunately I tracked it down in a Harper Perennial Modern Classics reprint that also includes Black Power (1954) and White Man Listen (1957). The Color Curtain records a probably little known or remembered event in 20th century world history, while it predicts much about our early 21st century globalized society.

At a time when the Iron Curtain dominated the news, a conference was held in Bandung, Indonesia, where delegates from twenty-nine
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so why don't more folks know about the Bandung Conference.

Also this book is brilliant and daring and wonderful as a piece of nonfiction/reportage/opinion.
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this for a college international studies course, and just reread it. Eight or nine years later, and after having spent some time in southeast Asia, I appreciated the book again and probably different than I did upon the first read. Hope to update the review later when I look back at my few margin notes and underlined sections. This is a pretty quick read, and well worth it for such an honest, open perspective on racial, cultural, and religious relations in the 1950s at an international le ...more
Dec 23, 2015 marked it as to-keep-ref
Para un interesante relato personal sobre la Conferencia de Bandung y su importancia.

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Richard Nathaniel Wright was an African-American author of powerful, sometimes controversial novels, short stories and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerned racial themes. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century.

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