Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy reviewed

The Book Slut site has posted its review of the translation of Haitian writer Marie Chauvet’s Amour, Colère et Folie. Here is a brief excerpt from the ewview, which you can access through the link below:

Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy was first published in 1968 by the exiled writer Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and is here newly translated by Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokur. The three novellas in this volume, introduced by Edwidge Danticat, are heroic, angry, and brilliant. The stories reflect the American invasion and economic control of Haiti, Haiti’s troubles from the occupation, and its own internal struggles. Each story has a character who finds refuge in art, struggles to overthrow dominant forces, and battles for integrity against the devastation of war in a corrupt state. Oppression cuts across class and race lines and identity is flexible. Dramas are large and small, and villains aren’t always who you think they are.

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Critical thought and right action against violent despotic authority succeeds or fails. Vieux-Chauvet does not facilely suggest that valor always wins the day. Some of these characters are survivors and some are not, but none are accorded weakness. As a trilogy, Love, Anger, Madness captures the complex junctions of gender, race, and class and their oppressions in the precise historical moment.

For the complete review go to http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2009_12_015545.php

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