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Compère Général Soleil (Francophone) By Jacques Stephen Alexis,

  • Title: Compère Général Soleil (Francophone)
  • Author: Jacques Stephen Alexis
  • ISBN: 9782070287307
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • The first novel of the Haitian novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis, General Sun, My Brother appears here for the first time in English Its depiction of the nightmarish journey of the unskilled laborer Hilarion and his wife from the slums of Port au Prince to the cane fields of the Dominican Republic has brought comparisons to the work of Emile Zola, Andr Malraux, Richard WrigThe first novel of the Haitian novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis, General Sun, My Brother appears here for the first time in English Its depiction of the nightmarish journey of the unskilled laborer Hilarion and his wife from the slums of Port au Prince to the cane fields of the Dominican Republic has brought comparisons to the work of Emile Zola, Andr Malraux, Richard Wright, and Ernest Hemingway Alexis, whose mother was a descendant of the Revolutionary General Jean Jacques Dessalines, was already a mature thinker when he published General Sun, My Brother Compre Gnral Soleil in France in 1955 A militant Marxist himself, Alexis championed a form of the marvelous realism developed by the Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier, who called for a vision of historical reality from the standpoint of slaves for whom the supernatural was as much a part of everyday experience as were social and other existential realities 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.
    Comp re G n ral Soleil Francophone The first novel of the Haitian novelist Jacques Stephen Alexis General Sun My Brother appears here for the first time in English Its depiction of the nightmarish journey of the unskilled laborer Hil

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    1. General Sun, My Brother By Jacques Stephen Alexis, translated by Carroll F Coates 290 pp Charlottesville University Press of Virginia 21.00.The Haitian Massacre occurred in 1937 with the slaughter of roughly 10 20,000 Haitians on the Dominican Republic side of Massacre River Knowing that the Haitians had trouble pronouncing the r in Spanish words, and instead made an l sound, the Dominican Army was ordered by Dominican President Rafael Trujillo to execute anyone who could not properly roll the r [...]

    2. Libro insigne de la literatura haitiana, en el cual descubrimos la primera revoluci n de la naci n negra, por un autor que en sus escasas cuatro d cadas de vida supo darnos un retrato no s lo de la Perla de las Antillas sino de la humanidad entera Recomiendo TODOS sus libros Como Alejo Capentier y Aim Cesaire, sobrepasaron sus fronteras caribe as.

    3. published in French in 1955 Story of Hilarion, the Haitian common man and his sufferings from poverty in PauP to the cane fields of the DR Alexis dsappeared at the age of 39 while taking part in an invasion from exile in Cuba of Duvalierist Haiti General Sun was his first novel.

    4. A brilliant book, simultaneously going deep into Haitian culture, introducing us to remarkbale characters, and debating radical politics of the time 30 s Can t recommend it enough the Haitian Grapes of Wrath

    5. A truly great Haitian novel, about family and the attempt to escape poverty and oppression That makes it sound grim, but it is also very beautiful.

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