Item description for Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience by Mumia Abu-Jamal...
When Mumia Abu-Jamal's first book, Live from Death Row, appeared in 1995, its searing indictment of racism and political bias in our judicial system fueled nationwide controversy. Now in this new collection of short vignettes and reflections, he examines the deeper dimensions of existence. The result is a powerful testament to the invincibility of the human spirit.
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Studio: Plough Publishing House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.69" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher Plough Publishing House
ISBN 0874860865 ISBN13 9780874860863
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More About Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning journalist, is America's best-known political prisoner. Sentenced with execution, Mumia has lived on Death Row since 1982. Ever since he wrote for the Black Panther Party's national newspaper as a youth, Mumia has reported on the racism and inequity in our society. He soon added radio to his portfolio, eventually recording a series of reports from death row for NPR's All Things Considered. However, NPR, caving in to political pressure, refused to air the programs. Mumia Abu-Jamal is still fighting for his own freedom from prison, and through his powerful voice, for the freedom of all people from inequity.
Mumia Abu-Jamal currently resides in Philadelphia.
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Class of It's Own Mar 9, 2008
This book, "Death Blossoms," is outstanding in many ways. The simplicity, power and beauty of Mumia's words here touch the heart and mind so directly and with such tremendous way that I really see it as being in a class of it's own. I can only think of one book that has held such stunning energy. That is Adrienne Rich's "Diving into the Wreck." Rich's book affecting me on a very similar level. Her book, which is poetry, inspired me to be a poet. Mumia's "Death Blossoms" inspired my writing to blossom 15 years later. While his book is a collection of very short thoughts and memories, it is poetic to me. It has such integrity and craft. It reveals the honest power of the written word, at least it does for me. It really did allow me to, in a sense, harness my own poetic skills. There is also a tenderness in this book that I cannot think of experiencing in any other book. It is very powerful, yet almost in a casual way. Highly recommended!
Let's hope this brilliant writer is freed from Pennsylvania's prison system very soon. He has so much to give.
Dull Blossoms Aug 17, 2005
Apparently, the fact that the author/former journalist has spent many years in prison for killing a policeman, gives this book a pass, for the author's many supporters. Basically it's a thinly veiled manipulation to garner support for his appeals of his sentence. Some of the writing, such as a excrucriatingly long analogy of children and acorns, wouldn't ever see print without the author's notoriety, and ability for self-publicizing.
Must read Dec 13, 2002
Death Bloosoms" picks up where "Live From Death Row" leaves off. Mumia's reflections from family to the system make the reader stop and think about what is really going on. Even after almost 15 years on death row, Mumia has not lost hope or has his will been broken but prison life. This book is not for his supportors only, but for anyone that has any type of social conscience. In some ways this book is a little more heart-drenched than his first, but that is to be expected. When you can actually feel the emotion that the writer is trying to convey, then the writer has succeded in making his point. Now I know that there are many people who think Mumia is guilty, but how can we keep a man a death row when some other man has come forward and confessed to the murder. If anything, Mumia deseves to be freed while an investigation is conducted. This leads you to wonder how fair our judicial system really is if a man cant be freed after someone else has confessed. This book will take you into the depths of hell and give you a first hand look at what life really is like on death row. If this book cant make you re-think you position on capitol punishment, than I dont know what can.
A fascinating record of a spiritual journey Aug 13, 2002
I found "Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience," by Mumia Abu-Jamal, to be an engrossing book. A collection of short pieces, it is written by a death row inmate who was convicted of murdering a police officer, but who many supporters believe to be innocent. The book contains a foreword by Cornel West and an introduction by Julia Wright. Also included is a prison interview with the author.
From a literary standpoint, West really hypes up the author in his foreword; he compares Abu-Jamal to Herman Melville, Theodore Dreiser, Toni Morrison, Eugene O'Neill, and other great American authors. Wright contributes further to this theme, comparing "Death Blossoms" to works by Baudelaire and Oscar Wilde. So is Mumia all that? I don't know, but "Death Blossoms" is good stuff.
Although there is the expected sociopolitical critique, "Death Blossoms" is, at its core, the record of the author's spiritual journey. Abu-Jamal reflects on his mother's Baptist heritage and his father's Episcopalianism; he also details his explorations of other spiritual paths: Judaism, Catholicism, and the Black Muslim movement. His writings in these sections are powerful and evocative. Ultimately, he pays tribute to the guru known as John Africa and discusses at some length the path founded by this man.
Abu-Jamal also writes about prison life, the media, and United States history. Along the way he cites such diverse sources as Salman Rushdie, Ray Bradbury, the Qu'ran, Nietsche, and Ghanaian folklore.
Overall, this is a fascinating book. I did feel that some of the supplemental material by other authors reads too much like a hagiography of Mumia; it's like the publishers are trying to market him as some kind of modern saint. I also felt that this supplemental material was insensitive to the victim of the crime for which Abu-Jamal was convicted.
Is Abu-Jamal really guilty of murder, or is he an innocent man who was wrongly convicted under a fatally flawed system? I don't know. But I can say that "Death Blossoms" is a compelling piece of contemporary literature.
Unfortunate, the world is out to get him. Dec 29, 2001
The only thing that this book states to me is that there are too many opportunities for criminals to appeal a just sentence. He needs to except the fate he chose for himself.