Phillips explores three cities of slavery. Liverpool, constructed on the slave trade, now denying its past; the Ghanaian city of Elmina, site of the important slave embarkation fort in Africa; and Charleston, known as the entry point to America where one-third of black slaves were bought and sold.
The Atlantic Sound is a travel book that is also a passionate argument with history: a personal quest to explore and fully understand the painful, ongoing legacy of the Atlantic slave trade. Phillips cruises through the Caribbean, observing everywhere the patronage of the United States. He explores Liverpool, constructed on the slave trade, now denying that history; Elmina in Ghana, site of a slave fort, now a tourist spot for black Americans; and Charleston in the American South, where one-third of black Americans were bought and sold. And Phillips retraces the journey he made to England from the Caribbean, as a child in 1958.
Caryl Phillips was born in St Kitts, West Indies, in 1958. Brought up in England, he has written for television, radio, theatre and the screen.$$$He is the author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Final Passage, Higher Ground, Cambridge, Crossing the River (shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize), The Nature of Blood, A State of Independence, Atlantic Sound and The European Tribe. He is also the editor of Extravagant Strangers and The Right Set, an anthology of writing on tennis. His adaptation of The Final Passage was directed by Peter Hall and screened by Channel Four. His awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Since 1998 he has been Professor of English and Henry R. Luce Professor of Migration and Social Order at Barnard College, Columbia University. He divides his time between homes in the UK and the USA.
Atlantic Sound by Caryl Phillips
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