The Bern Book: A Record of a Voyage of the Mind (American Literature) (Paperback)

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By Vincent O. Carter, Jesse McCarthy (Introduction by)
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The Bern Book is a travelogue, a memoir, a "diary of an isolated soul" (Darryl Pinckney), and a meditation on the myth and reality of race in midcentury Europe and America.

In 1953, having left the US and settled in Bern, Switzerland, Vincent O. Carter, a struggling writer, set about composing a "record of a voyage of the mind." The voyage begins with Carter's furiously good-humored description of how, every time he leaves the house, he must face the possibility of being asked "the hated question" (namely, Why did you, a black man born in America, come to Bern?). It continues with stories of travel, war, financial struggle, the pleasure of walking, the pain of self-loathing, and, through it all, various experiments in what Carter calls "lacerating subjective sociology." Now this long-neglected volume is back in print for the first time since 1973.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781628973167
ISBN-10: 1628973161
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: American Literature