Massacre River
Massacre River
René Philoctète

Preface by Edwidge Danticat
Introduction by Lyonel Trouillot

Recommended by Tân and Paul, City Lights Books

By the acclaimed Haitian poet and scholar René Philoctète, the novel Massacre River: "a tour de force by an extraordinary writer" (Edwidge Danticat).

Nestled along a border, Haitians and Dominicans have lived as one people for generations. But in 1937, when Generalissimo Trujillo—"the Lord of demented death"—orders the slaughter of all "Haitian devils," a monstrous raptor appears in the sky over the little Dominican town of Elias Piña, brooding a nightmare. Desperate to save Adèle, the Haitian wife he cherishes, the Dominican Pedro Brito sets out into the dawn—and so begins Massacre River, a tale unlike any other, where machetes can fly, severed heads demand justice, towns are flooded by "the foaming filth of genocides," the wind thinks it's a radio, and a word can literally cut throats. At the heart of this kaleidoscopic drama is the loving and sensual bond between Pedro and Adèle, tenderly evoked in language of astonishing inventiveness by a narrative voice that can turn on a dime, careening through young romance, heartbreak, skin-crawling evil, and Looney Tunes madness to a tumultuous, breathtaking finale worthy of Hieronymus Bosch.

Title Massacre River
Author René Philoctète
Preface by Edwidge Danticat
Introduction by Lyonel Trouillot
Publisher New Directions
Title First Published 26 May 2008
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 240 p.
ISBN-10 0811217256
ISBN-13 9780811217255
Publication Date 26 May 2008
Main content page count 240
Weight 16 oz.

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