Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move


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Hurst & Co.
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5.43 X 8.43 X 1.1 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology and politics, as well as migration and human mobility. A constant traveller, at the time of writing she has visited over seventy countries across four continents.


In the great tradition of Said, Orwell and Bessie Head, Nyabola's is a profound, gripping and beautiful book of undeniable genius on exile, migration and travel in our catastrophic times. It speaks to all those committed to truth and justice. -- Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Professor of the Public Practice of Philosophy, Harvard University

[Written with] passion, erudition, and fluidity ... Provocative and always willing to take on the conventional wisdom, Nyabola emerges with this book as an important observer. -- Foreign Affairs

Through her experiences, [Nanjala Nyabola] brings to life the legacies of othering and colonialism that impact how Black people are perceived and treated around the world. -- Metro

Nyabolas insightful essays deal with identity and the notion of home and belonging, in a world challenged by mobility and dislocation. This collection joins a venerable tradition of Black essay-writing, as it discovers for the socially aware traveller new routes and philosophies to explore. -- Margaret Busby, editor of New Daughters of Africa

What a book! Nyabola takes us on a travel odyssey and an inner quest, and with her we recognise what remains undone and how we see or unsee others. Lethal and restless, yet tender and vulnerable. Disturbing, delicious, defiant. A triumph. -- Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of Dust and The Dragonfly Sea

A unique, provocative and thoughtful collection of essays. Part autobiography and travelogue, but also a powerful reflection on migration, travel, identity, racism, literature, language, Pan-Africanism and the experiences of a young Kenyan woman travelling throughout the modern world. -- Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester, and author of Pan-Africanism: A History

At a time where the freedom of Black people to exist and move safely feels compromised, Nyabolas collection of essays on travelling is an urgent intervention which powerfully marries cultural and political exploration to the intricacies of modern Black identity. -- Jason Okundaye, writer and campaigner

A valiant exploration of one of humanitys most fundamental needs: the freedom to move. Drawing on a captivating life of her own, Nanjala Nyabola powerfully reminds us of the complexity of human identity. Above all, an incredibly moving book. -- David Lammy MP, author of Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society

Skilfully told . . . constantly challenging the reader to ask questions and see the world from varying perspectives.--African Arguments