Mittwoch, 29. September 2021

Gelesen: "Like One of the Family" von Alice Childress


Titel: "Like One of the Family"
Autorin: Alice Childress
ISBN: 978-080705074-3
Erstveröffentlichung: 1956
Neuveröffentlichung: 24.1.2017
Preis: $18.00
Format: Paperback
264 Seiten

First published in Paul Robeson’s newspaper, Freedom, and composed of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge, Like One of the Family is a wry, incisive portrait of working women in Harlem in the 1950’s. Rippling with satire and humor, Mildred’s outspoken accounts vividly capture her white employers’ complacency and condescension—and their startled reactions to a maid who speaks her mind and refuses to exchange dignity for pay.
Upon publication the book sparked a critique of working conditions, laying the groundwork for the contemporary domestic worker movement. Although she was critically praised, Childress’s uncompromising politics and unflinching depictions of racism, classism, and sexism relegated her to the fringe of American literature. Like One of the Family has been long overlooked, but this new edition, featuring a foreword by best-selling author Roxane Gay, will introduce Childress to a new generation.

Meine Meinung:
Dieses Buch ist wunderbar zeitlos in seiner Gesellschaftskritik gepaart mit einem bezaubernden Humor. Es ist kaum zu glauben, dass Alice Childress diese Texte in den 1950er Jahren geschrieben hat. Absolute Leseempfehlung für alle!

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