• Taking One Last Breath, Catching One Last Glimpse (a review of L'Etoile Absinthe by Jacques Stephen Alexis)

    Author(s):
    Nathan H. Dize (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    CLCS Caribbean, LLC Francophone, Race and Aesthetics in French and Francophone Culture
    Subject(s):
    Haiti, Caribbean literature, Francophone literature, Caribbean
    Item Type:
    Book review
    Tag(s):
    Jacques Stephen Alexis, Haitian Literature
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/pyca-1a47
    Abstract:
    L’étoile absinthe (The Absinthe Star) begins with an image of the Caribbean sun––this infra-rouge mass floats in the sky like a large bird, circling the potomitan. Readers of the novel will immediately notice a patch of text on the very first page is missing, as though time were slowly eating away at the final distinguishable traces of Alexis left after he was murdered under the reign of François Duvalier. With this final and incomplete novel, written between 1959 and 1961, readers and critics will be forced to reckon with not only the object of the novel, but also the artist’s vision for the proposed tetralogy of which it was originally a part.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    9 months ago
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    All Rights Reserved
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