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#278: "Libčte: A Haitian Anthology" (new book) : Vedrine comments
From: Emmanuel W. Vedrine <email@example.com>
Libète: A Haitian Anthology. Charles Arthur and Michael Dash (eds).
First published in UK (1999)by
Latin American Bureau (Research and Action) Ltd.
and in the US by Markus Wiener Publishers Inc.
ISBN 1-55876-212-4 (hbk)
ISBN 1-55876-213-2 (pbk)
"Libète: A Haitian Anthology' aims not just to introduce some of the best
writing about this dramatic history. Drawing on a wide range of texts by
academics, historians, and travel writers, and featuring numerous extracts
from the writings of Haitian novelists, poets, political activists, and
journalists, it intends to explore the context, the ideas, and the culture
from which this history has emerged. While many contemporary political
analyses are rapidly overtaken by events and soon go out of date, this
collection explores long-standing themes and their interpretation in the
hope of providing the keys to an understanding of present-day Haiti for some
time to come.
Each of the ten chapters addresses a particular theme and is preceded by an
essay contextualising the extracts that follow. The total of more than 180
extracts have been selected not only from the growing body of work by
non-Haitian, and wherever possible, Haitian writers, but also from
interviews, newsletters, press releases, and journalistic articles, in an
attempt to acknowledge the views and perspectives of some of the majority of
Haitians never taught to read and write, and consequently never published."
(excerpt from introduction)
* Courtesy of
E.W.VEDRINE CREOLE PROJECT, Inc.
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