The Firsts - James Baldwin, a metal staples portrait on a window of the house Baldwin stayed, by Sasha Huber, 2018

Photo: Siro Micheroli © Sasha Huber

James Baldwin –Stranger in the Village

"I thought of white men arriving for the first time in an African village, strangers there, as I am a stranger here, and tried to imagine the astounded populace touching their hair and marveling at the color of their skin. But there is a great difference between being the first white man to be seen by Africans and being the first Black man to be seen by whites. The white man takes the astonishment as tribute, for he arrives to conquer and to convert the natives, whose inferiority in relation to himself is not even to be questioned; whereas I, without a thought of conquest, find myself among a people whose culture controls me, has even, in a sense, created me, people who have cost me more in anguish and rage than they will ever know, who yet do not even know of my existence. The astonishment, with which I might have greeted them, should they have stumbled into my African village a few hundred years ago, might have rejoiced their hearts. But the astonishment with which they greet me today can only poison mine."


Stranger in the Village

"Stranger in the Village" is an essay by James Baldwin about his experiences in Leukerbad, Switzerland.


Fremder im Dorf

"Fremder im Dorf" ist ein Essay von James Baldwin über seine Erfahrungen in Leukerbad, Schweiz.


Als Baldwin die Schweiz besuchte

"Stranger in the Village" est un essai de James Baldwin sur ses expériences à Leukerbad, en Suisse.

Teju Cole

Schwarzer Körper

Teju Cole folgt einer Einladung in das Schweizer Bergdorf Leukerbad, wo James Baldwin seinen ersten Roman beendete.


Ein Fremder im Dorf

Teju Cole ist nach Leukerbad gefahren, um nachzudenken, was es heisst, einen schwarzen Körper zu haben.


Als Baldwin die Schweiz besuchte

Ein mehrsprachiger Bericht auf Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch und Walliserdeutsch von Rolf Hermann und Michael Stauffer, SWR Literatur