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General Sun, My Brother
Translated by Coates Carrol
Jacques Stephen Alexis   (More from this author)
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General Sun, My Brother - Haitian Book Centre - Haitian Books in Creole, English and French, francophone litterature - Cliquer pour agrandir General Sun, My Brother opens as Hilarion is arrested for stealing a wallet and imprisoned with an activist named Pierre Roumel--a fictional double for the novelist Jacques Roumain--who schools him in the Marxist view of history. On his release, Hilarion meets Claire-Heureuse and they settle down together. Hilarion labors in sisal processing and mahogany polishing while his partner sets up a small grocery store. After losing everything in a criminally set fire, the couple joins the desperate emigration to the Dominican Republic. Hilarion finds work as a sugarcane cutter, but the workers soon become embroiled in a strike that ends in the "Dominican Vespers," the 1937 massacre pf Haitian workers by the Dominican army. The novel personifies the sun as the ally, brother, and leader of the peasants. Mortally wounded in crossing the Massacre River back into Haiti, Hilarion urges Claire-Heureuse to remarry and to continue to work for a Haiti where people can live in dignity and peace.

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"How extremely exciting to have Jacques Stephen Alexis' masterpiece Général Compère Soleil finally translated in English for a whole new generation of readers to enjoy, question, and admire. This is another chance for all of us to continue to celebrate this brave and timeless narrative and remember this most committed and enormously talented writer."
Edwidge Danticat

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300 Pages
English
 
 
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Charlottesville 1999
ISBN: 0-8139-1890-1
 
Price: $ 26.00
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