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In this compelling travel memoir, author John Edgar Wideman explores Martinique's seductive natural beauty and culture, as well as its vexed history of colonial violence and racism. Attempting to decipher the strange, alluring mixture of African and European that is Creole, he and his French traveling companion develop a powerful attraction to one another, which they find at once threatened and elevated by a third party-the island itself.
Against Martinique's vivid backdrop of Africans and Creoles, Thomas Jefferson and Paul Gauguin, a live volcano, Zouk music, native psychiatrist-writer Frantz Fanon, and the legacy of slavery and colonialism, Wideman's story is a rich intersection of place, history, and the intricacies of human relations. Through it he gets deep into the Caribbean and close to the heart of the Creole experience.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 192 Vendor: Random House, Inc Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.63 (inches) ISBN: 0792265335 ISBN-13: 9780792265337 Availability: Available to ship on or about 04/05/14.
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