Bernardine Evaristo, Soul Tourists

Henghameh Saroukhani (University of Durham)
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In his autobiographies

The Big Sea

(1940) and

I Wonder as I Wander

(1956), the Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes (1902-1967) recounts his life as waiter and cook in a nightclub in Paris and his journeys through wars and revolutions across Cuba, Russia, Haiti, Japan and Civil War Spain. Hughes composed a worldly subjectivity in his prose that marked an itinerant writer attentive to the translation of racial difference across a multitude of borders. For the black British writer Bernardine Evaristo, Hughes’s autobiographies were an “inspiration” – they were “a testament to a man who refused to be fettered by the cultural and geographical boundaries within which he was supposed to play out the roles pre-ordained for a black American” (“CSI Europe” 3). As Evaristo…

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Citation: Saroukhani, Henghameh. "Soul Tourists". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 May 2020 [, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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