A Mouth Full of Blood : Why reading Toni Morrison matters

Editor | Non-fiction

Spanning four decades, Toni Morrison’s essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us.

They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist.

Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence. The collection is structured in three parts and these are heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. Morrison’s Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America.

She speaks to graduating students and visitors to both the Louvre and America’s Black Holocaust Museum. She revisits The Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved; reassessing the novels that have become touchstones for generations of readers.

A Mouth Full of Blood (Rs 699, Pages 368) is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all.

About the Author

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She has also received the National Book C ritics C ircle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama.

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