AK Press, 2022


"What a brilliant book! In this alternate history, Kung Li helps us imagine what would have happened if the Haitian revolution had spread throughout the United States. The first work of fiction in our Emergent Strategy Series is a queer, multicultural, adventurous and revolutionary text that shows how the subtle, bombastic and often intimate work of organizing can have a large scale impact. Readers should expect to be delighted by the time travel experience of deeply researched historical fiction, and inspired by the strategic invitation to use our lives for liberation." — adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy Series


"Begin the World Over remixes Baldwin's plea to do your first works over and artfully asks what if we did our national imagination over. It is creative as it is rigorous and enjoyable as it is demanding. Kung Li made me want to rewrite every ounce of history this nation has told me was truth, in search of multiple freedoms etched on terms set by our hearts." — Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy


"Begin the World Over is the story of resistance and resilience that we need right now. How it is that we hold on to our humanity under the most brutal conditions is just as important as the resistance to those conditions—and this book reminds us that everything, in both realms, is still very much possible." — Alicia Garza, author of The Purpose of Power

Begin the World Over by Kung Li Sun

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