By Langston Hughes
In I ask yourself as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recollects the main dramatic and intimate moments of his lifestyles within the turbulent 1930s.
His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet important Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), via dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to existence the well-known and the standard, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. it's the always a laugh, clever revelation of an American author traveling round the usually unusual and consistently interesting international he loves.
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