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The Kingdom of This World

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A few years after its liberation from the brutality of French colonial rule in 1803, Haiti endured a period of even greater brutality under the reign of King Henri-Christophe, who was born a slave in Grenada but rose to become the first black king in the Western Hemisphere. In prose of often dreamlike coloration and intensity, Alejo Carpentier records the destruction of the black regime—built on the same corruption and contempt for human life that brought down the French while embodying the same hollow grandeur of false elegance, attained only through slave labor—in an orgy of voodoo, race hatred, madness, and erotomania.

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A few years after its liberation from French colonialist rule, Haiti experienced a period of unsurpassed brutality, horror, and superstition under the reign of the black King Henri-Christophe. Through the eyes of the ancient slave Ti-Noel, The Kingdom of This World records the destruction of the black regime--built on the same corruption and contempt for human life that brought down the French--in an orgy of voodoo, race hatred, erotomania, and fantastic grandeurs of false elegance.

About the Author

Alejo Carpentier was born in Havana in 1904. He lived for many years in France and Venezuela but returned to Cuba after the revolution. One of the major Latin American writers of this century, he is the author of The Lost Steps, Explosion in a Cathedral, and The Chase. He died in Paris in 1980.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374521974
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
De Onis, Harriet
Translator:
de Onis, Harriet
Author:
de Ons, Harriet
Author:
de Onis, Harriet
Author:
Harriet de Ons
Author:
Danticat, Edwidge
Author:
Carpentier, Alejo
Author:
Harriet de Onís
Author:
De Onis, Harriet
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Haiti
Edition Number:
1
Series Volume:
no. 00-4754
Publication Date:
19890901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
186
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.45 x 0.57 in

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A few years after its liberation from French colonialist rule, Haiti experienced a period of unsurpassed brutality, horror, and superstition under the reign of the black King Henri-Christophe. Through the eyes of the ancient slave Ti-Noel, The Kingdom of This World records the destruction of the black regime--built on the same corruption and contempt for human life that brought down the French--in an orgy of voodoo, race hatred, erotomania, and fantastic grandeurs of false elegance.

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