Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Dézafi: Frankétienne

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Dézafi: Frankétienne

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Dézafi: Frankétienne. Charles, Asselin (translator) with afterword by Jean Jonassaint. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2018, pp.200, ISBN: 9780813941387.

This ıs no ordinary zombie novel. In the hands of the Haitian author (poet, playwright, painter, musician, activist and intellectual) known simply as Frankétienne, zombification takes on a symbolic dimension that stands as a potent commentary on a country haunted by a history of slavery. Now this new translation brings this touchstone in Haitian literature to English-language readers for the first time. Written in a provocative experimental style, with a myriad of voices and combining myth, poetry, allegory, magical realism, and social realism, the novel tells the tale of a plantation that is run and worked by zombies for the financial benefit of the living owner. …

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