[Blackstudies-l] Afropean: Notes from Black Europe out now from Penguin Books

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Sun Jun 16 10:10:34 EDT 2019


Afropean: Notes from Black Europe is finally here *Johny Pitts, co-founder
of Afropean.com releases his long awaited book, documenting a journey
through and with black communities in Europe.*

*'A revelation' Owen Jones*

*'Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe's
relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and
lyrical' Afua Hirsch *

*A Guardian Best Book of 2019 so far *

'Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping
European identity ... A continent of Algerian flea markets, Surinamese
shamanism, German Reggae and Moorish castles. Yes, all this was part of
Europe too ... With my brown skin and my British passport - still a ticket
into mainland Europe at the time of writing - I set out in search of the
Afropeans, on a cold October morning.'

Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of
African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new
identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader
to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts
of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of
Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former
Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still
making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in
Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting
Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.

This book is a revelation: a humane, empathetic, urgent and truly
eye-opening journey through lives and voices that are so often overlooked
and unheard. Johny Pitts brings us Europe on its own terms (Owen Jones)

Fascinating, urgent and stirring. His humility and honesty are wonderfully
refreshing and by the end of the book our perception of the old continent
has been challenged and reimagined (Bernardine Evaristo)

Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe's
relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and
lyrical. That a work like this is long overdue does nothing to detract from
the originality of Pitts' accomplishment (Afua Hirsch)

Beguiling...a quest to find unity among African Europeans introduces a
singular new voice and reveals an unseen continent...Afropean announces the
arrival of an impassioned author able to deftly navigate and illuminate a
black world that for many would otherwise have remained unseen. (Colin
Grant The Guardian)
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