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- DescriptionAfter years living in the heart of the American Empire, the dramatist and velist Edgar Nkosi White returned to his native Monserrat, still essentially a colony as a British Overseas Territory. Deported to Paradise is a series of free-floating autobiographical and opinion pieces that traverse the contemporary landscape of global corporations and state repression, a world that offers consumerism as an illusion of freedom and choice. The essays, from the vantage point of the Caribbean, identify the consequences of rising inequalities of wealth and power and ask what is to be done. In the first place, there is to be surrender to the world of drones and clones, wall-to-wall surveillance, corporations with more power than the nation state and churches that have become apologists for the Gospel of Prosperity. Though much of the Caribbean appears to have surrendered to the New World Order, White's essays take comfort from the fact that the mind is the only muscle capable of growth in any age and that it is still possible to live beneath a volca in independence and grace. His descriptions of contemporary life on Monserrat bring its contradictions as a quasi colony vividly to life.Whether you agree or disagree with White's prophetic voice from the hills, these essays will engage the open-minded reader with their exuberant prose, freshness of vision and sardonic wit.
- Author BiographyEdgar Nkosi White is a playwright and novelist. His work has been performed throughout the world from New York to New Zealand. His published work includes: The Rising, The Crucificado, Underground, The Lament for Rastafari, Redemption Song, The Nine Night, Omar at Christmas and The Children of Night. He has also been a frequent contributor to Monthly Review as well as Writer in Residence at New York City College where he also taught Creative Writing. His writing career began with the poet and writer, Langston Hughes, who was the first to herald his work and was instrumental in the publication of his first book, Underground, with William and Morrow publishers. The theatre began for him with Joseph Papp at the New York Public Theater where five of his plays were performed. The first production of The Mummers Play led to tours with Shakespeare Public Theater productions in Central Park. A performance of his play, Lament for Rastafari at Ellen Stewart's world famous Cafe La Mama Theatre led to productions in England both on stage and radio drama with the BBC. He also contributed to the BBC television series 'Black Silk'. Upon returning to the United States, the author received a Rockefeller award and became a member of the New Dramatist. Productions of two of his plays, Trance and I Marcus Garvey toured Canada in 2012. He attended City College of New York, New York University and the Yale School of Drama. The author also attended New York Theological Seminary and has had a very close association with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. He is an ordained minister and has made Prison Ministry a major factor in his life. He has performed frequent theatre workshops at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.
- Author(s)Edgar Nkosi White
- PublisherPeepal Tree Press Ltd
- Date of Publication17/08/2015
- Place of PublicationYorkshire
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPeepal Tree Press Ltd
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight363 g
- Width234 mm
- Height156 mm
- Spine18 mm
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