Revisit the book Mississippi Solo
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The history of African-Americans can be read between the lines of this family history of the author
and his Jupiter of a father, tyrannical and terrifying - yet lovable, funny and whimsical.
Through formative events and pivotal scenes, Eddy Harris here becomes the spokesperson of his father's generation,
born at a time when, "fifty years after abolition, you could still smell the stagnant stench of slavery".
For an American, Paris is seen as a dream for a day or for life. Especially if one is black and a child who lived
the "venomous brutality of segregation." In the wake of James Baldwin, Richard Wright and many others, famous or anonymous,
Eddy Harris chose Paris. A sagacious observer, he savors the magic of the place and a brand new freedom.
But even here, depending on if one is American or African, black skin takes on a different meaning.
As the story emerges such essential topics as the reasons for exile, a sense of belonging, the ambiguities of the French model of integration,
and racism are discussed. "Life is a journey", Eddy Harris likes to say. A journey in which he is the permanent tourist.
July 15, 2015