Love, Anger, Madness
A Haitian TrilogyBook - 2009
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Before last year, Haiti was chiefly known to most as the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. After the devastating earthquake that took over 200 000 lives just one year ago this week, the fate of the world's first independent black republic became a cause célèbre, with little coverage given to the history of the tensions simmering through the cleverly snapped news stills. In a short time, lacking context, our attention wandered.
For this reason, Modern Library's reprint of Marie Vieux-Chauvet's *Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Triptych* is especially timely. Originally published as *Amour, colère et folie* in 1968 during the dictatorship of François Duvalier, Vieux-Chauvet’s three novellas illustrate how fear, desperation and suspicion are reinforced by the Haitian social structure and colonizing powers in France and the US. In *Love, Anger, Madness*, these elements create a feedback loop preventing strong bonds forming within communities or even families, much less across race or class lines. Her characters address their situations with astonishing honesty. Often tragically aware of how their gender, class or race affects them in Haitian society, they have the very human flaw of failing to fully understand how it motivates them.
Vieux-Chauvet's prose overflows with the beauty of the people and land, using bits of Creole (and here congratulations must be given to translators Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokur for their excellent etymological annotations) to bring her novellas to life. The tragedies of her three stories are more acute for the raw possibility of the country as it is cast in Vieux-Chauvet's words. This edition of *Love, Anger, Madness* is highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand Haiti's stories from a human perspective rather than through the detached lens of foreign affairs.
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