Richard Drayton and Andaiye, Editors
Barbadian writer George Lamming's first novel, In the Castle of My Skin, was published in 1953. Many acclaimed novels and essays have followed in the past forty years, as Lamming continues to lecture throughout the world and actively participate in the political and cultural life of the Caribbean.
This collection harvests Lamming's key essays, addresses, and interviews of the past four decades. The editors contend that "anyone concerned with the present predicament of Caribbean people, with the legacies of the past, and with the possibilities of the future will find these addresses, essays, and interviews to be useful beginnings." Topics include Lamming's memoirs of the making of a writer, the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica, C. L. R. James, nationalism and nation, and Caribbean politics and culture.
Richard Drayton is a Caribbean historian.
Andaiye is a Guyanese educator and political activist.
"The Emigrants very thought-provoking. It shows how adrift black people can be as they search for a political, economic and social context. It should also be read as an example of how black people have tried to use the novel to tell their own unique story in a unique way."
—Quarterly Black Review