Length: 400 Pages
A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time
‘We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.’ The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993
The power of language, discussed beautifully in Toni Morrison’s Nobel lecture, is felt throughout the essays, speeches and meditations contained in this collection. With controlled anger, elegance, and literary excellence, Morrison’s words interrogate the world around us, considering race, gender, and globalisation.
Heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King Jr. and a eulogy for James Baldwin, this collection addresses audiences ranging from graduating students to visitors to both the Louvre and America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
A Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all.
“These pieces are a wake-up call… [and] a brilliant insight into the mind and work of one of the world’s finest writers" (Anita Sethi i)
“Mouth Full of Blood is a bracing reminder of what words do, how carefully they should and can be used… magnificent [and] rigorously argued" (RO Kwon Guardian)
Length: 400 Pages
"A large, rich, heterogeneous book, and hallelujah... Mouth Full of Blood is a bracing reminder of what words do, how carefully they should and can be used… magnificent [and] rigorously argued"
"Morrison's voice rings out, bold and hopeful, welcoming us into a world where moral integrity reigns"
"Mouth Full of Blood demonstrate[s] the writer’s enduring eagerness to examine the contradictions of being both “native” and “alien” to her own country… She takes pride in challenging a traditional literary canon… at every stage, the reader is grateful for an author allowing, encouraging even, such intimate access to their work, thought and reflections"
"[Mouth Full of Blood] proves Morrison to be as astute and important an essayist as she is a novelist… These pieces are a wake-up call… [and] a brilliant insight into the mind and work of one of the world’s finest writers"
"Morrison’s fierce yearning for literature to be a more true and just realm over time, is a gift… [Mouth Full of Blood] is startling in its relevance to the conflicts and challenges of the present moment. In a time of turmoil and political greed, her writings have the power to bring, not a false comfort, but the hard-won belief that words can reshape the world. Toni Morrison’s own words certainly have"