Farewell, Fred Voodoo A Letter from Haiti

ISBN-10: 1451643977
ISBN-13: 9781451643978
Edition: 2013
Authors: Amy Wilentz
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Description: A brilliant writer’s account of a long, painful, ecstatic—and unreciprocated—affair with a country that has long fascinated the world.It was no surprise to Amy Wilentz when Haiti emerged from the dust of the 2010 earthquake like a powerful spirit.  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A brilliant writer’s account of a long, painful, ecstatic—and unreciprocated—affair with a country that has long fascinated the world.It was no surprise to Amy Wilentz when Haiti emerged from the dust of the 2010 earthquake like a powerful spirit. Her book is about magical transformations. It is filled with raucous characters: human-rights reporters gone awry, movie stars turned into aid workers, musicians running for president, doctors turned into diplomats, a former U.S. president working as a house builder, street boys morphing into rock stars, and voodoo priests running elections.     Wilentz looks back and forward at the country: at its slave plantations, its unthinkable revolutionary history, its kick-up-the-dirt guerrilla movements, its troubled relationship to the U.S., the totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, as well as its creative culture, its ancient African traditions and attitudes, and its uncanny resilience.     Like Joan Didion’sSalvadorand Rory Stewart’sThe Places in Between,this book vividly portrays the people of a stark place. A foreign correspondent on a simple story becomes, over time and in the pages of this book, a lover of this country, pursuing the heart and soul of this beautiful and confounding place into the darkest and brightest corners.

Amy Wilentz is the author of The Rainy Season, Martyrs' Crossing, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen. She has won the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. She writes for The New Yorker and The Nation and teaches in the Literary Journalism program at UC Irvine.

Slideshow/Prologue
Toussaint Camp
White Flight
Traumatic Amputation
Black Rouge's Tour: I
Zombies of the World
Building Back Better
Citizen Haiti
Golf-Course Camp
Missionary Style
Spaghetti Rounds
Werewolves in the Camps
Black Rouge's Tour: II
The Violent-Sex Cure
Pact with the Devil
Aristide's Citadel
Plastic Wheelchairs
Market of Dreams
The Value of Talk
Ghosts by Daylight
Weslandia
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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