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Hating Them

Nuruddin Farah, 18 September 1997

Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa 
by Keith Richburg.
New Republic/Basic Books, 257 pp., £20, June 1997, 0 465 00187 4
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... of their former Italian and British colonial masters. A similar sizing up and factoring in informs Keith Richburg’s Out of America, but it goes hand in hand with unattractive denials, which distance Richburg from his African origins and from an awareness that a man in his position – a journalist at the Washington ...

Its Own Dark Styx

Marina Warner, 20 March 1997

The Nature of Blood 
by Caryl Phillips.
Faber, 224 pp., £15.99, February 1997, 0 571 19073 1
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... Hilton Als’s recent essays, The Women, Henry Louis Gates’s Colored People, the reportage of Keith Richburg in Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa square up to the way in which the black individual is the perceived representative of his race, and of ‘being black’; the writers fight against it, plead furiously as they realign the ...

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