A young girl's curiosity about her teacher's sudden disappearance sets the stage for a resonant analysis of 1960s Pointe-à-Pitre.
Publication Date: 01-09-2018
Translated by Judith G. Miller
This lyrical novel, structured like a Creole quadrille, is a rich ethnography bearing witness to police violence in French Guadeloupe. Narrators both living and dead recount the racial and class stratification that led to a protest-turned-massacre. While Dambury's English debut is a memorial to a largely forgotten atrocity, it is also a celebration of the vibrancy and resilience of Guadeloupeans.
"A chorus of voices brings humanity to a little-known moment in Caribbean history." —Kirkus Reviews
"Dambury’s essential take on the event offers a fresh and personal perspective, incorporating multiple perspectives and a child protagonist without sacrificing nuance, and gives the stage to those too long overlooked in this tragedy." –Publishers Weekly
“A brilliant example of subtlety and sensitivity that brings to life one of the most important dates in Guadeloupe’s history.” —Maryse Condé, author of Segu
“In this restaging of history, constructed as a quadrille, epic rifts of power have tragic consequences, yet Gerty Dambury also celebrates the strengths and joys of a community when its voices speak—and dance—together.” —Thomas C. Spear, Professor of French, CUNY
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