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À propos de Isabel Wilkerson
Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson is author of The Warmth of Other Suns, the New York Times bestseller that tells the universal story of three people who made the decision of their lives during the Great Migration, a watershed in American history. The book won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia universities, the 2012 Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, among others, and was shortlisted for the Pen-Galbraith Literary Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
The book was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, including The New York Times' 10 Best Books of the Year, Amazon's 5 Best Books of the Year and Best of the Year lists in The Economist, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, The San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Christian Science Monitor, O Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and more than a dozen others. It made news around the world when President Barack Obama took WARMTH to read on vacation late summer 2011.
From The Wall Street Journal: “The Warmth of Other Suns is a brilliant and stirring epic. Ms. Wilkerson does for the Great Migration what John Steinbeck did for the Okies in his fiction masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath; she humanizes history, giving it emotional and psychological depth.”
From The Los Angeles Times: “Told in a voice that echoes the magic cadences of Toni Morrison or the folk wisdom of Zora Neale Hurston’s collected oral histories, Wilkerson’s book pulls not just the expanse of the migration into focus but its overall impact on politics, literature, music, sports — in the nation and the world.”
From the judges of the Lynton History Prize, conferred by Harvard and Columbia universities:
“Wilkerson has created a brilliant and innovative paradox: the intimate epic. At its smallest scale, this towering work rests on a trio of unforgettable biographies, lives as humble as they were heroic… In different decades and for different reasons they headed north and west, along with millions of fellow travelers. . . In powerful, lyrical prose that combines the historian’s rigor with the novelist’s empathy, Wilkerson’s book changes our understanding of the Great Migration and indeed of the modern United States.”
As told in WARMTH, the Great Migration in the United States was one of the biggest underrecognized stories of the 20th Century and a cautionary tale that breathes life into migration movements across the world, throughout history and into current-day upheavals in countries facing influxes of migration today. The Great Migration in America lasted from 1915 to 1970, involved six million people and was one of the largest internal migrations in U.S. history. It brought us John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Motown, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Denzel Washington, Michelle Obama -- all children or grandchildren of the Great Migration. It changed the cultural and political landscape of the United States, exerting pressure on the South to change and paving the way for the Civil Rights Movement.
Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work at The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize. She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and taught at Princeton University, Emory University and Boston University. In her 15 years of working on the book, Wilkerson raced against the clock to reach as many original migrants as she could before it was too late. The result is the intimate, yet sweeping human story of people following their hearts to escape a brutal caste system in the American South and to find freedom within the borders of their own country.
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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.
'A landmark piece of non-fiction' Janet Maslin, The New York Times
From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this is one of the great untold stories of American history: the migration of black citizens who fled the south and went north in search of a better life
From 1915 to 1970, an exodus of almost six million people would change the face of America. With stunning historical detail, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson gives us this definitive, vividly dramatic account of how these journeys unfolded.
Based on interviews with more than a thousand people, and access to new data and official records, The Warmth of Other Suns tells the story of America's Great Migration through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career.
Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country journeys, as well as how they changed their new homes forever.
'You will never forget these people' Gay Talese
'A brilliant and stirring epic' John Stauffer, Wall Street Journal
'The mass migration of African Americans out of the US south forever changed the country's cultural fabric - and Wilkerson's history of this period is full of sacrifice and hope ... a long overdue account' Lettecha Johnson, Guardian
'A deeply affecting, finely crafted and heroic book. . . .Wilkerson has taken on one of the most important demographic upheavals of the past century and told it through the lives of three people ... lyrical and tragic' Jill Lepore, New Yorker
BESTSELLER DE THE NEW YORK TIMES
«A medida que avanzamos en nuestra vida cotidiana, la casta es el acomodador silencioso en un teatro a oscuras que, con la luz de su linterna, nos guía por los pasillos hacia nuestros asientos asignados para una actuación. La jerarquía de castas no trata de sentimientos o moralidad, trata de poder: de qué grupos lo tienen y cuáles no.»
Más allá de la raza o la clase, nuestras vidas están definidas por un poderoso sistema tácito de divisiones. En Casta, la ganadora del premio Pulitzer, Isabel Wilkerson, ofrece un retrato asombroso de este fenómeno oculto. Asociando los sistemas de casta de Estados Unidos, India y la Alemania nazi, Wilkerson revela cómo estos han moldeado nuestro mundo, y cómo sus jerarquías rígidas y arbitrarias todavía nos dividen hoy.
Con un rigor clarividente, Wilkerson desentierra los ocho pilares que conectan los sistemas de castas entre civilizaciones y demuestra cómo nuestra propia era de intensificación de conflictos y agitación ha surgido como consecuencia de las castas. A través de historias de personas reales, expone cómo la insidiosa resaca de las mismas emerge todos los días, documenta sus sorprendentes costos de salud y explora sus efectos en la cultura y la política. Finalmente, Wilkerson señala las maneras en que podemos, y debemos, superar sus divisiones artificiales y avanzar hacia nuestra humanidad común.
Profundamente original y en un estilo exquisito, Casta es un revelador análisis de lo que subyace tras nuestra vida cotidiana. Nadie puede permitirse el lujo de ignorar la claridad moral de sus ideas, o su llamamiento urgente a un mundo más libre y justo.