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THE TIME NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Required reading for all of humanity' Oprah Winfrey 'It could not have come at a more urgent time' Fatima Bhutto, Guardian 'An instant American classic' Dwight Garner, The New York Times 'The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not' Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson…mehr

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THE TIME NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Required reading for all of humanity' Oprah Winfrey 'It could not have come at a more urgent time' Fatima Bhutto, Guardian 'An instant American classic' Dwight Garner, The New York Times 'The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not' Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today. With clear-sighted rigour, Wilkerson unearths the eight pillars that connect caste systems across civilizations, and demonstrates how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval has arisen as a consequence of caste. Weaving in stories of real people, she shows how its insidious undertow emerges every day; she documents its surprising health costs; and she explores its effects on culture and politics. Finally, Wilkerson points forward to the ways we can - and must - move beyond its artificial divisions, towards our common humanity. Beautifully written and deeply original, Caste is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary lives. No one can afford to ignore the moral clarity of its insights, or its urgent call for a freer, fairer world.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 485050
  • Seitenzahl: 496
  • Erscheinungstermin: 4. August 2020
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 243mm x 164mm x 46mm
  • Gewicht: 730g
  • ISBN-13: 9780241486511
  • ISBN-10: 0241486513
  • Artikelnr.: 59910034
Autorenporträt
Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. Her debut work won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was included in Time's 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s and in The New York Times's list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.
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Magnificent . . . a trailblazing work on the birth of inequality . . . Caste offers a forward-facing vision. Bursting with insight and love, this book may well help save us. O: The Oprah Magazine

This book has the reverberating and patriotic slap of the best American prose writing. . . . Wilkerson has written a closely argued book that largely avoids the word racism, yet stares it down with more humanity and rigor than nearly all but a few books in our literature. . . . It s a book that changes the weather inside a reader. Dwight Garner, The New York Times

A surprising and arresting wide-angle reframing . . . Her epilogue feels like a prayer for a country in pain, offering new directions through prophetic language. Bilal Qureshi, The Washington Post

A transformative new framework through which to understand identity and injustice in America. Justin Worland, Time

Magisterial . . . Her reporting is nimble and her sentences exquisite. But the real power of Caste lies tucked within the stories she strings together like pearls. . . . Caste roams wide and deep, lives and deaths vividly captured, haloed with piercing cultural critique. . . . Caste is a luminous read, bearing its own torch of righteous wrath in a diamond-hard prose that will be admired and studied by future generations of journalists. Hamilton Cain, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Brave, clear and shatteringly honest in both approach and delivery . . . Extrapolating Wilkerson s ideas to contemporary America becomes an unsettling exercise that proves how right she is and how profoundly embedded into society the caste system is. . . . Her quest for answers frames everything and acts as the perfect delivery method for every explanation. Gabino Iglesias, San Francisco Chronicle

Caste draws heavily on the powerful mingling of narrative, research, and visionary, sweeping insight that made Wilkerson s The Warmth of Other Suns the definitive contemporary study of African Americans twentieth-century Great Migration from the Jim Crow South to northern, midwestern, and western cities. It deepens the resonance of that book (a seemingly impossible feat) by digging more explicitly into the pervasive racial hierarchy that transcends region and time. Steve Nathans-Kelly, New York Journal of Books

Caste will spur readers to think and to feel in equal measure. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Times Book Review

Wilkerson s book is a powerful, illuminating and heartfelt account of how hierarchy reproduces itself, as well as a call to action for the difficult work of undoing it. Kenneth W. Mack, The Washington Post

Should be required reading for generations to come . . . A significant work of social science, journalism, and history, Caste removes the tenuous language of racial animus and replaces it with a sturdier lexicon based on power relationships. Joshunda Sanders, The Boston Globe

[Caste] should be at the top of every American s reading list. Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune

An expansive interrogation of racism, institutionalised inequality and injustice . . . This is an American reckoning and so it should be. . . . It is a painfully resonant book and could not have come at a more urgent time. Fatima Bhutto, The Guardian

Full of uncovered stories and persuasive writing . . . Opening up a new bank of language in a time of emboldened white supremacism may provide her readers with a new way of thinking and talking about social injustice. . . . A useful reminder to India s many upper-caste cosmopolitans . . . that dreams of resistance are just one part of the shared inheritance of the world s oldest democracy, and the world s largest. Supriya Nair, Mumbai Mirror

It is bracing to be reminded with such precision that our country was built through genocide and slavery. But Ms. Wilkerson has also provided a renewed way of understanding America s longest, fiercest trouble in all its complexity. Her book leaves me both grateful and hopeful. I gulped it down. Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains

Like Martin Luther King, Jr. before her, Isabel Wilkerson has traveled the world to study the caste system and has returned to show us more clearly than ever before how caste is permanently embedded in the foundation and unseen structural beams of this old house called America. Isabel Wilkerson tells this story in prose that is so beautiful, the only reason to pause your reading is to catch your breath. You cannot understand America today without this book. Lawrence O Donnell

This enthralling exposé deserves a wide and impassioned readership. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Similar to her previous book, the latest by Wilkerson is destined to become a classic, and is urgent, essential reading for all. Library Journal (starred review)

This is a brilliant book, well timed in the face of a pandemic and police brutality that cleave along the lines of a caste system. Booklist (starred review)
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