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In the course of an impressive career as a writer, Herbert Gold has demonstrated many gifts, among them his talent for making high drama of ordinary events, ordinary people.-Chicago Tribune Book World

Goldhas a sharp eye for detail.-The Washington Times Magazine

Not just a good book, but a great one.-London Daily Mail

Herbert Goldgives his stories a wry, bright air of wonderhe is a born storyteller.-New York Times

One of the most gifted writers in America.-Detroit News

Five decades ago, award-winning author Herbert Gold traveled to Haiti on a Caribbean version of the Fulbright Scholarship. The journey proved to be a turning point in his life. Fifty years later, his attachment to the tiny Caribbean nation-his second home-remains as passionate and powerful as ever. Now, in Best Nightmare on Earth, he explores the secret life of this vibrant, volatile, violent land.

Beautifulbizarredangerousexotic, a Garden of Eden fallen into despair, a tiny nation of unimaginable misery and unpredictable grace, an island where life is a kind of literature, a world of unlimited impossibility. This is Herbert Gold's Haiti, a country of extraordinary paradox and remarkable extremes-of gingerbread dream houses and wretched slums, of brutal repression and explosive creative energy. Where else, he asks, can you run into evil spirits on the back roads, or find the goddess of fertility and orgasm represented by a photo of a tap-dancing Shirley Temple? Where else is there such generosity amid such corruption, such humor in the midst of such desperation? In his many Haitian travels, Gold has dined with Graham Greene and chatted with the hated Duvalier oppressors. He has traded stories with CIA saboteurs, former Nazis, rum-soaked diplomats, and voodoo priests. He has taken in the cockfights and hunted for pirate treasure. He has nearly died of malaria; he has faced machete-wielding gangs of Ton-Ton Macoutes. He followed the traffic in Haitian blood to American hospitals and watched the AIDS epidemic take its toll. He listened to the steady beat of drums rolling down mist-shrouded mountains, and shared in the flirting, drinking, and laughter of the streets. He has captured the essence of this land where tragedy is the music the people dance to.

Herbert Gold reflects on the country's history and politics, culture and folklore, but sees much more. He sees Haiti through the eyes of a lover: impassioned, jealous, probing, ever alert, and alive. This book will be of interest to travelers to, and people interested in the problems of, Haiti and the Caribbean; and collectors of Haitian art.

Herbert Gold is a novelist, short writer, essayist, sometime journalist, who has made his living as a writer for fifty years.

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"Beautiful...bizarre...dangerous...exotic, a Garden of Eden fallen into despair, a tiny nation of unimaginable misery and unpredictable grace, an island where life is a kind of literature, a world of unlimited impossibility." This is Herbert Gold's Haiti, a country of extraordinary paradox and remarkable extremes.<P>In Best Nightmare on Earth, Herbert Gold explores the secret life of this vibrant, volatile, violent land, and reflects on the country's history and politics, culture and folklore. In his many Haitian travels, he has dined with Graham Greene, chatted with the hated Duvalier oppressors, and traded stories with CIA saboteurs, former Nazis, rum-soaked diplomats, and voodoo priests. He has followed the traffic in Haitian blood to American hospitals and watched the AIDS epidemic take its toll.

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Chris Blaker, January 23, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
As recently as the 1980s a "werewolf" was publicly burned in Haiti.
If that sentence doesn't intrigue, I'm not sure anything will. The werewolf this is part of Voodoo beliefs (and the belief makes more sense in the context of Haiti). Voodoo and the earthquake are pretty much what people including myself know about Haiti. This is an engrossing travelogue about a nearby country that seems like it's on another planet.
The slaves of Haiti orchestrated the first and only successful slave revolt. Things have been downhill ever since. The leaders of Haiti oscillated between brutal and corrupt and indifferent and corrupt. Despite being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and in the running for poorest world wide the Haitians have developed a beautiful and complex culture.
The author, Herbert Gold, has been living and visiting Haiti for most of his adult life. He's translated his experience into one of the most fascinating travelogues I've ever read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765807335
Author:
Gold, Herbert
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A.
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Haiti
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Haiti Description and travel.
Subject:
Haiti Social conditions.
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
315
Dimensions:
5.98x9.01x.75 in. 1.09 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Beautiful...bizarre...dangerous...exotic, a Garden of Eden fallen into despair, a tiny nation of unimaginable misery and unpredictable grace, an island where life is a kind of literature, a world of unlimited impossibility." This is Herbert Gold's Haiti, a country of extraordinary paradox and remarkable extremes.<P>In Best Nightmare on Earth, Herbert Gold explores the secret life of this vibrant, volatile, violent land, and reflects on the country's history and politics, culture and folklore. In his many Haitian travels, he has dined with Graham Greene, chatted with the hated Duvalier oppressors, and traded stories with CIA saboteurs, former Nazis, rum-soaked diplomats, and voodoo priests. He has followed the traffic in Haitian blood to American hospitals and watched the AIDS epidemic take its toll.
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