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Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy

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"Is the artifact worth such a weight of suffering and struggle? Whether any work of art can ever be worth even a single human life is a question that will never be settled — but this book is surely a masterpiece. Within the community of Haitian writers and writers of the Haitian diaspora it has been prized not only for its rarity but also for its great literary power. In her succinct introduction to the present edition, Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat ranks Vieux-Chauvet among a 'multigenerational triad' of the greatest Haitian writers (including Jacques Roumain and Jacques Stephen Alexis) and dubs the trilogy 'the cornerstone of Haitian literature.'" Madison Smartt Bell, The Nation (read the entire Nation review)

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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 others 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.

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Available in English for the first time, Marie Vieux-Chauvets 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 Haitis 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 fathers 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.

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 Nègres, Fille d’Haiti, and Les Rapaces.

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Maria R, February 8, 2010 (view all comments by Maria R)
This book is, in a word, powerful. It conveys better than any other book I've ever read a feeling of powerlessness and isolation that can be overwhelming. It isn't the story of an all-out war; rather, it's the story of a constant fear and tension that can't be escaped. Love, Anger, Madness was banned in Haiti because it exposed the atrocities of the reign of the Duvaliers in Haiti, aided by the subtle financial and political backing of the US government.

I have copies of this book in both French and English, and I'd recommend that you read it in the original French if you can. There are a lot of nuances that I feel don't translate very well.

I'd highly recommend this book, because it gives a real insight into the corrupt politics that caused Haiti to be what it is today.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679643517
Subtitle:
A Haitian Trilogy
Author:
Vieux-Chauvet, Marie
Translator:
Rejouis, Rose-Myriam
Author:
Rejouis, Rose-Myriam
Author:
Chauvet, Marie
Author:
Danticat, Edwidge
Author:
Vinokur, Val
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090804
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.24x5.38x1.17 in. 1.17 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Is the artifact worth such a weight of suffering and struggle? Whether any work of art can ever be worth even a single human life is a question that will never be settled — but this book is surely a masterpiece. Within the community of Haitian writers and writers of the Haitian diaspora it has been prized not only for its rarity but also for its great literary power. In her succinct introduction to the present edition, Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat ranks Vieux-Chauvet among a 'multigenerational triad' of the greatest Haitian writers (including Jacques Roumain and Jacques Stephen Alexis) and dubs the trilogy 'the cornerstone of Haitian literature.'" (read the entire Nation review)
"Synopsis" by , Available in English for the first time, Marie Vieux-Chauvets 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 Haitis 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 fathers 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.

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