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A Small Place in Between: Caryl Phillips's A State of Independence
Commonwealth Essays and Studies
This article looks at Caryl Phillips's second novel, A State of Independence, from the perspective of the different forms of independence which might be detected in the title. Analysed in the light of the speech by Marcus Garvey quoted in the epigraph, it can be seen as a chronicle of the islanders' incapacity to live up to Garvey's ideal. From an existential point of view, the isolation of the characters like Bertram, the returning islander, who is unable to build an existence founded ondoi:10.4000/ces.4486 fatcat:jomsbtg7ozaydc2tjuvj2svuri