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BIOGRAFI: The Guardian har publicerat delar av David Remnicks nyligen utkomna biografi över president Barack Obama.

Utdraget är på nästan på 5000 ord och väl värt en genomläsning.

Boken – The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama – har kommit ut på förlagen Knopf och Picador. Priset på Bokus är 229 respektive 146 kronor.

Här ett litet utdrag från utdraget;

With Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama was working in the oldest, and arguably the richest, genre of African-American writing: the memoir. This tradition begins with the first slave narratives. ”Deprived of access to literacy, the tools of citizenship, denied the rights of selfhood by law, philosophy, and pseudo-science,” wrote the literary scholar Henry Louis Gates, ”and denied as well the possibility, even, of possessing a collective history as a people, black Americans published their individual histories in astonishing numbers, in a larger attempt to narrate the collective history of ‘the race’.” (…)

It is not difficult to understand why politically sympathetic readers were prepared to make extravagant, extra-literary claims for Obama’s book during his presidential campaign. They were reading him not as the civil rights lawyer and law professor he was when the book was published, but as a candidate who hoped to succeed George W Bush, a president who was insistently anti- intellectual, an executive who resisted introspection as a suspect indulgence. (…)

Obama is hardly the first president to exhibit a literary bent before running for office. The most prolific of the literary presidents was Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote 38 books in all. Dreams from My Father ought not to be overvalued as a purely literary text; other writer-politicians such as Václav Havel and André Malraux wrote immensely greater and more mature work before holding office. But few American politicians of consequence before Obama have ventured to describe themselves personally with anything like the force and emotional openness of Dreams from My Father. It was not intended as a campaign biography, but it ended up acting as one. For a politician who was making the personal political and placing his own story and background at the centre of his candidacy, writing Dreams from My Father was the ultimate act of self-creation. Its stories are at the centre of Obama’s thinking, his self-regard, his public rhetoric.

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