A meditation on racism—provocative, poetic, and a literary sensation in America. The US American author Claudia Rankine describes forms of racist aggression in everyday life and in the media. Some of them seem random, others are deliberate attacks—in the classroom, in the supermarket, on the tennis court with Serena Williams or the football pitch with Zinédine Zidane, online, on TV. Rankine shows how people are cornered, circumscribed in the possibilities they have to speak and get ahead, or simply be alive. Citizen bears witness to the individual and collective consequences of patterns of behaviour that were thought to be a thing of the past. A synthetic artwork consisting of essayistic miniatures, poetry, and images. A New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award. It is Rankine’s first publication in German.