James Baldwin, Another Country

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James Baldwin finished his third novel,

Another Country

, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he went at a friend’s invitation in 1961, shortly after his first trip to Israel. Inundated with work and travel, he was frustrated by his hectic schedule of a “transatlantic commuter” shuttling restlessly between the United States and Europe, and longed for a quiet place to take a breather and re-establish a writing routine. Located in Europe and Asia, neighboring with the Middle East and in close proximity to Africa, Turkey was the perfect “other place” Baldwin needed. Sedat Pakay, the Turkish filmmaker and author of a short film on Baldwin in Istanbul, “James Baldwin: From Another Place” (1973), agrees that this new location allowed the writer to “breathe freely” and provided him with…

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Citation: Zaborowska, Magdalena J.. "Another Country". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 January 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6583, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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