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Rocks in the Water, Rocks in the Sun

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


When Joegodson Déralciné was still a small child, his parents left rural Haiti to resettle in the rapidly growing zones of Port-au-Prince. As his family entered the city in 1986, Duvalier and his dictatorship exited. Haitians, once terrorized under Duvalier’s reign, were liberated and emboldened to believe that they could take control of their lives. But how? Joining hundreds of thousands of other peasants trying to adjust to urban life, Joegodson and his family sought work and a means of survival. But all they found was low-waged assembly plant jobs of the sort to which the repressive Duvalier regime had opened Haiti’s doors—the combination of flexible capital and cheap labour too attractive to multinational manufacturers to be overlooked. With the death of his mother, Joegodson was placed in his uncle’s care, and so began a childhood of starvation, endless labour, and abuse.

In honest, reflective prose, Joegodson—now a father himself— allows us to walk in the ditches of Cité Soleil, to hide from the macoutes under the bed, to feel the ache of an empty stomach. But, most importantly, he provides an account of life in Haiti from a perspective that is rarely heard. Free of sentimentality and hackneyed clichés, his narrative explores the spirituality of Vodou, Catholicism, and Protestantism, describes the harrowing day of the 2010 earthquake and its aftermath, and illustrates the inner workings of MINUSTAH. Written with Canadian historian Paul Jackson—Joegodson telling his story in Creole, Jackson translating, the two of them then reviewing and reworking—the memoir is a true collaboration, the struggle of two people from different lands and vastly different circumstances to arrive at a place of mutual understanding. In the process, they have given us an unforgettable account of a country determined to survive, and on its own terms.

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Vilmond Joegodson Déralciné is a furniture maker and writer who lives in Canaan, Haiti.

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Paul Jackson earned his PhD in history from Queen’s University. His published work includes One of the Boys (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004).

 
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Island of the Red Mangroves

Bastei Entertainment | Caribbean Islands Saga


Island of Red Mangroves is the follow-up to Sarah Lark's tumultuous novel, "Island of a Thousand Springs," set in Jamaica, 1732.

Jamaica, 1753: Deirdre, daughter of Englishwoman, Nora Fortnam and slave Akwasi, lives a sheltered life on her family's plantation. Her stepfather, Doug, has welcomed her into his life as his own. Despite Deirdre's scandalous origin, the men of the island flock to the young beauty, but she shows no interest. That is, until she is charmed by young doctor Victor Dufresne, who asks for her hand in marriage.

After their lavish wedding ceremony, Victor and Deirdre embark to Saint-Domingue on the island of Hispaniola, where Deirdre can live without the burden of her mixed background. But what happens there changes everything ...

Best-selling international author Sarah Lark delivers a gripping historical account of the social upheaval of the time set against the romantic Caribbean. For fans of Kathleen Grissom,THE KITCHEN HOUSE, Alex Haley, ROOTS: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, and Sue Monk Kidd, THE INVENTION OF WINGS.

 
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Kein anderes Meer

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG


Am Morgen hatte sie noch wie jedes Jahr mit ihrem Vater Nozias das Grab der Mutter besucht. Jetzt ist die siebenjährige Claire spurlos verschwunden, am Strand von Ville Rose auf Haiti. Nozias, der Fischer, träumte von einer besseren Zukunft für seine Tochter, frei von Armut und Gewalt. Sie sollte ihr Heimatdorf verlassen, von einer reichen Tuchhändlerin adoptiert werden. Ist Claire deshalb geflohen? Die haitianisch-amerikanische Autorin Danticat erzählt märchenhaft und doch realistisch von Ville Rose, ein Ort, wo Bäume in den Himmel fliegen und Frösche in der Hitze explodieren, und einem Mädchen, das sich nach Familie und Geborgenheit sehnt

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Edwidge Danticat, 1969 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, geboren, wuchs hauptsächlich bei ihrem Onkel und ihrer Tante auf, bevor sie mit zwölf Jahren ihren Eltern nach New York folgte. Nach dem Studium unterrichtete sie Creative Writing an der New York University und der University of Miami. 1994 erschien ihr erster Roman  "Breath Eyes Memory" (dt. "Atem, Augen, Erinnerungen", 1996). Edwidge Danticats Bücher wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt. Auf Deutsch erschienen außerdem "Die süße Saat der Tränen" (1999) und "Der verlorene Vater" (2010). Für ihr Memoir "Brother, I’m Dying" wurde sie mit dem National Book Critics Circle Award ausgezeichnet. "Kein anderes Meer" (Hanser, 2015) war 2014 ein Notable Book of the Year von der New York Times und stand auf der Shortlist für die Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Edwidge Danticat lebt in Miami.

 
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