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Abigail Ward

people and histories. Where, Phillips seems to ask, do mixed-race people belong in a world that is based on rigid Manichean divisions? His non-fiction arguably aims to fragment a polarised vision of slavery as ‘black history’, in favour of a shared understanding which invites people of differing races to take responsibility for the past of slavery. In A New World Order , Phillips writes about his initial reaction to Elmina Castle: ‘I was coming face to face with a part of my Atlantic history. It was disturbing, but I wished neither to look the other way, nor to

in Caryl Phillips, David Dabydeen and Fred D’Aguiar