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When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks

Written by Austin Clarke

Published October 06, 2020 | ISBN 9781487008437
FICTION / Short Stories

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176 pages
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When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks

Austin Clarke

Originally issued in 1971, Austin Clarke’s first published collection of eleven remarkable stories showcases his groundbreaking approach to chronicling the Caribbean diaspora experience in Canada. Characters move through the mire of working life, of establishing a home for themselves, of reconciling with what and who they left behind — all the while contending with a place in which their bone-chilling reception is both social and atmospheric. In lyrical, often racy, and wholly unforgettable prose, Clarke portrays a set of provocative, scintillating portraits of the psychological realities faced by people of colour in a society so often lauded for its geniality and openness.