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Désirée Congo

Évelyne Trouillot

The newest English translation of one of Haiti's most powerful literary voices

Désirée Congo is a riveting, powerful, and profoundly original novel set in the final years of the Haitian Revolution at the dawn of the nineteenth century. In this richly textured work, Trouillot--one of the leading voices of the francophone literary world--constructs an intricate narrative web from the varied experiences of freedmen and women, maroons, enslaved African people and their Creole children, as well as French planters and white smallholders in colonial Saint-Domingue at a historical moment of unthinkable upheaval. It is a moving, lyrical book whose strikingly realized characters enrich our understanding of the last confrontations between the Haitian revolutionaries and Napoleon's imperial forces--a conflict that resulted in the success of the largest slave revolt in recorded history and the independence of the first Black state in the western hemisphere.

Book Details

  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 184
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780813952123
  • Categories: World Literature - Caribbean & West IndiesAfrican American & Black - Women

About the Author

Trouillot, Évelyne: - Prize-winning author Évelyne Trouillot lives in Port-au-Prince and teaches French at the Université d'État d'Haïti. Her novel, La mémoire aux abois garnered the prestigious Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe and was released in English as Memory at Bay (University of Virginia Press, 2015).
Salvodon, M. A.: - M.A. Salvodon is a professor of Humanities at Suffolk University, where she teaches French language, world literatures, film, and cultural studies. She is a literary translator credited forTomboy (2007 with J-M Gavarini) and The Infamous Rosalie (2013).
Joseph-Gabriel, Annette: - Annette Joseph-Gabriel is the John Spencer Bassett Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She conducts research and teaches courses on race, gender, and citizenship in France, the Caribbean, and Africa. She is the author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press 2020), published in France as Imaginer la libération: Des femmes noires face à l'empire (Éditions Rot-Bo-Krik 2023).

Praise for this book

Trouillot reveals a complex and formative period of the Haitian nation and, in so doing, proposes to make heard the voices of those whose struggle on both sides of the conflict is often absent from the pages of history.-- "French Review"