The Moral Territories of James Baldwin’s ANOTHER COUNTRY

Another Country (1962) is James Baldwin’s third novel (and fifth published book). Many of its topics — race, racism, sexual fluidity — fit perfectly in today’s social and political discourse. And not just in terms of the choice of topics, but in Baldwin’s particular approach to them: a fully open reckoning with subjects that dominate the emotional lives of an entire society yet often stymy direct discussion. They’re so freighted. So bound up with our moral identities.