"With vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details ... [a] feverish story." -The New York Times
"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else."
Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
James Baldwin, geboren 1924 in New York, gestorben 1987 in Nizza, engagierte sich in den 60er und 70er Jahren aktiv für die Bürgerrechtsbewegung im Süden der USA. In seinen Erzählungen beschreibt er die afro-amerikanische Kultur. Berühmt wurde er durch seine Romane Giovanni's Zimmer (1956) und Eine andere Welt (1962).