No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson

Scribe Publications

Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.

Paul Robeson was a prize-winning scholar and the greatest footballer of his era, even before he ascended to global superstardom as a singer, Hollywood actor, and activist. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson stunned audiences with ‘Ol’ Man River’ and Othello, as his passion for social justice led him from Jazz Age Harlem to the mining towns of Wales, from the frontiers of the Spanish Civil War to Stalin’s Russia.

Charismatic, eloquent, and handsome, he had everything — and then lost it all for the sake of his principles.

Jeff Sparrow traces Robeson’s troubled life and stellar career, in a story that traverses the arc of the twentieth century and illuminates the fissures of today’s fractured world. From Black Lives Matter to Putin’s United Russia, Sparrow visits the places Robeson lived and worked, exploring race in America, freedom in Moscow, and the legacies of communism and fascism in Europe.

Part travelogue, part biography, this is a tale of political ardour, heritage, and trauma — a luminous portrait of a remarkable man, and an urgent reflection on the crises that define us now.

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About the author

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, and broadcaster. He writes a fortnightly column for The Guardian and contributes regularly to many other Australian and international publications. Jeff is a member of the 3RRR Breakfasters team and the immediate past editor of literary journal Overland. He is the author of a number of award-nominated books, including Money Shot and Communism: a love story.

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Publisher
Scribe Publications
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Published on
Feb 20, 2017
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781925548143
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Biography & Autobiography / Historical
Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists
History / African American
History / Europe / Spain & Portugal
History / Modern / 20th Century
History / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
History / Social History
Political Science / Civil Rights
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism
Political Science / Political Ideologies / General
Political Science / Political Process / Political Advocacy
Social Science / Slavery
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