In one of the greatest American classics, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin tells the story of the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Originally published in 1953, Baldwin said of his first novel, "Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else."
“With vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details ... [a] feverish story.” —The New York Times
Series: Vintage International
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375701870
- ISBN-13: 9780375701870
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces