New Edition of “Masters of the Dew”

Caribbean Studies Press has just released a re-edition of Jacques Roumain’s Masters of the Dew (translation of Gouverneurs de la rosée by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook).

Description: This novel, long out of print in English, tells of the traditional rural life and people of Haiti, dominated by the natural world. This is a deeply powerful story of the harsh existence of peasant farmers struggling in a world both beautiful and unforgiving. The tale begins with the return of Manuel, a prodigal son, to his aging parents’ homestead and the realities of subsistence agriculture in a drought-stricken region. He brings new ideas, with the potential to transform the lives of people in the community. He encounters old feuds and resistance to change but he persists, and his determination to bring people together to improve their lives leads to a dramatic conclusion.

Jacques Roumain is a critical figure in the development of Haitian literature and culture in the 20th century, and this novel, originally written in French, was translated by the noted Harlem Renaissance poet and author Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook, professor and chair of romance languages at Howard University, who also taught at the University of Haiti, in Port-au-Prince.

Caribbean Studies Press is an independent English-language publisher of scholarly texts and references about the Caribbean and its diaspora.

For more information, see http://www.caribbeanstudiespress.com/forthcoming.books.php

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