AFROPEAN, notes from black Europe

: Pitts (J.)

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391pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (2019) 2020

 

Winner of the Jhalak Prize. Winner of the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.

Johny Pitts visits "areas where Europeans of African descent are "juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities ... Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim ... the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots ..." from the publisher's website

"In Afropean Johny Pitts has not only written a well-researched and vey timely book. He's done so while cohering and curating a community of writers, thinkers and artists from within Europe's black diaspora to give voice and form to this inchoate, hybrid identity." Gary Younge, author of Another Day in the Death of America

"A radical and wide-ranging tour of Europe's black communities ... What is consistently impressive throughout Pitts's work is his ability to blend fact with anecdote; the effect is often cinematic. At times, you may feel that instead of reading a non-fiction book you are watching a well-paced historical thriller" Must Okwonga, New Statesman

"It is a pleasure to follow Pitts on his journey ... Afropean announces the arrival of an impassioned author able to deftly navigate and illuminate a black world that for many would otherwise have remained unseen" Colin Grant, Guardian

Writer, photographer and broadcast journalist Johny Pitts has received various awards for his work exploring African-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize, an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award and a Society of Authors Travelling Grant. He is the curator of the online journal Afropean.com.