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Home: Social Essays


A seminal Jones/Baraka literary land mine that launches AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series.

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What people are saying…

“Jones/Baraka usually speaks as a Negro—and always as an American. He is eloquent, he is bold. He demands rights—not conditional favors.”
New York Times Book Review

“In Home, Amiri Baraka, the master hunter, aims for the hearts and minds of his readers, and hits both targets dead-center. The result, here in the twenty-first century, is no different than when the book was originally published more than forty years ago.”
—Kenji Jasper, author of Dark

Critical praise for Tales of the Out & the Gone by Amiri Baraka:

“Baraka is a poet down to his bones . . . [The stories] evoke a mood of revolutionary disorder, conjuring an alternative universe in which a dangerous African-American underground, or a dangerous literary underground—hell, any kind of an underground—still exists . . . In his prose as in his poetry, Baraka is at his best a lyrical prophet of despair who transfigures his contentious racial and political views into a transcendent, ‘outtelligent’ clarity.”
New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

“These stories are so out there that at times they leave you wondering what you just read, but in a good, this is how a truly singular voice sounds way. . . The difficulty and strength of Baraka’s writing is its sincerity. It is the memory of all that has passed, reflecting all he has seen and been told . . .”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Baraka remains a prodigiously skilled writer . . . Ultimately, those most familiar with Baraka as a rabble-rousing poet may be surprised that his prose can so readily make one squirm as well as smile.”
Time Out New York

“Baraka has a rich and distinctive voice . . . The collection records a marvelously vital and creative mind at work.”
Library Journal

“A- . . . [A]n eccentric brew of sci-fi and social commentary.”
Entertainment Weekly

“4 stars.”
Time Out Chicago

“In his signature politically piercing and poetic staccato style, Baraka offers a perspective on social and political changes and a fresh view of the possibilities that language presents in exploring human passions . . . Fans and newcomers alike will appreciate Baraka’s breadth of political perspective and passion for storytelling.”

“Throughout, Baraka makes his prose jump with word coining—’outtelligent,’ ‘overstand’—and one-liners. But the humor and off-the-wall jaunts, however whacked-out, tackle real issues of race, otherness and power with pointed irony.”
New York Press

“Baraka unabashedly steps on toes, but does it in such a way that you close the book thanking him for it . . . [R]efreshing from both ideological and technical perspectives. His books cannot be read casually.”
Idaho Statesman

“Amiri Baraka’s writing possesses a remarkable balance of poetry and politics, passion and polemic. His voice is unmistakeable. His point of view uncompromising. This collection just adds to his imposing legacy.”
Nelson George, author of The Death of Rhythm and Blues

“What can be said about Baraka’s work that would be new? That the energy is unremitting, the focus unwavering, the anger burning into a crystal rage, the questions disquieting and unnervingly raw? Perhaps that there is also tenderness here, something like light breathing on a New York street. In this groundbreaking collection of stories—vintage, new, and previously unseen—the words don’t play nice, they demand that you listen, and you do and you are glad for it.”
Chris Abani, author of Becoming Abigail and GraceLand


An AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series selection.

Check out The Hungered One: Early Writings, a collection of short stories by legendary Black Arts author Ed Bullins, also part of AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series.

In 2007, Akashic Books ushered Amiri Baraka back into the forefront of America’s literary consciousness with the short story collection Tales of the Out & the Gone. Now, this reissue of Home—long out of print—features a highly provocative and profoundly insightful collection of 1960s social and political essays.

Home is, in effect, the ideological autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. The two dozen essays that constitute this book were written during a five-year span—a turbulent and critical period for African Americans and whites. The Cuban Revolution, the Birmingham bombings, Robert Williams’s Monroe Defense movement, the Harlem riots, the assassination of Malcolm X . . . each changed the way Jones/Baraka looked at America. This progressive change is recorded with honesty, anger, and passion in his writings.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Published: 1/1/09
  • IBSN: 9781933354675
  • e-IBSN: 9781617750502


AMIRI BARAKA/LEROI JONES (1934–2014) was the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named poet laureate of New Jersey by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, from 2002–2004. His short story collection Tales of the Out & the Gone (Akashic Books) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and won a 2008 PEN/Beyond Margins Award. He is also the author of Home: Social Essays, Black Music, The System of Dante’s Hell, and Tales, among other works.

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