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Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogyby Marie Chauvet
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Available in English for the first time, Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s stunning trilogy of novellas is a remarkable literary event. In a brilliant translation by Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokur, Love, Anger, Madness is a scathing response to the struggles of race, class, and sex that have ruled Haiti. Suppressed upon its initial publication in 1968, this major work became an underground classic and was finally released in an authorized edition in France in 2005.
In Love, Anger, Madness, Marie Vieux-Chauvet offers three slices of life under an oppressive regime. Gradually building in emotional intensity, the novellas paint a shocking portrait of families and artists struggling to survive under Haiti’s terrifying government restrictions that have turned its society upside down, transforming neighbors into victims, spies, and enemies.
In “Love,” Claire is the eldest of three sisters who occupy a single house. Her dark skin and unmarried status make her a virtual servant to the rest of the family. Consumed by an intense passion for her brother-in-law, she finds redemption in a criminal act of rebellion.
In “Anger,” a middle-class family is ripped apart when twenty-year-old Rose is forced to sleep with a repulsive soldier in order to prevent a government takeover of her father’s land.
And in “Madness,” René, a young poet, finds himself trapped in a house for days without food, obsessed with the souls of the dead, dreading the invasion of local military thugs, and steeling himself for one final stand against authority.
Sympathetic, savage and truly compelling with an insightful introduction by Edwidge Danticat, Love, Anger, Madness is an extraordinary, brave and graphic evocation of a country in turmoil.
Presents three novellas that represent a shocking reflection on how families and artists suffer under the harsh government restrictions of Haiti's current oppressive regime.
Now in English for the first time, this major work of Haitian literature is a powerfully rendered response to life under an oppressive regime
Suppressed immediately upon publication in 1968 and finally released in France in 2005, this stunning trilogy, brilliantly introduced by Edwidge Danticat, is a scathing response to the powerful racial, sexual, and class struggles that rule Haiti.
In Love, three sisters entangle themselves in each other's love lives, creating a complicated family dynamic that echoes the growing chaos outside of the house. In Anger, the daughter of a middle-class family terrorized by paramilitaries agrees to prostitute herself to save the others, but the guilt that ensues upon the sale of her body and soul reveals the profound fissures among them. And finally, Madness paints a terrifying portrait of a Haitian town that has been ravaged by troops. A young poet, trapped in his house for days without food, becomes obsessed with the souls of the dead that surround him. Love, Anger, Madness is an extraordinary, brave, and searing evocation of a country in turmoil.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Marie Vieux-Chauvet, a seminal writer of postoccupation Haiti, was born in Port-au-Prince in 1916 and died in New York in 1973. She is the author of five novels, including Dance on the Volcano, Fonds des Ngres, Fille d’Haiti, and Les Rapaces.
Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokur have translated two novels by Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnificent and Texaco, the latter of which won the American Translators Association Galantire Prize for Best Book. Their translation of Love, Anger, Madness was supported by a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
Edwidge Danticat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is the author of Brother, I’m Dying; Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak!; The Farming of Bones; and The Dew Breaker. She lives in Miami with her husband and two daughters.
Table of Contents
Love — Anger — Madness.
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