Hadriana in All My Dreams

Hadriana in All My Dreams

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"One-of-a-kind...[A] ribald, free-wheeling magical-realist novel, first published in 1988 and newly, engagingly translated by Glover...An icon of Haitian literature serves up a hotblooded, rib-ticking, warmhearted m#65533;lange of ghost story, cultural inquiry, folk art, and v#65533;ritable l'amour ."
-- Kirkus Reviews , Starred review

"You've never read about a zombie like Hadriana. Transformed into the walking dead on her wedding day, Hadriana becomes part of popular legend, one imbued with magic, eroticism, and even humor."
-- Tor.com

"You do not need to believe in zombies or Vodou to be carried away by this story--a metaphor for all forms of dispossession. . . . Ren#65533; Depestre has gone beyond nostalgia to write a sumptuous love story."
-- Le Monde

With a foreword by Edwidge Danticat. Translated from the French by Kaiama L. Glover.

Hadriana in All My Dreams , winner of the prestigious Prix Renaudot, takes place primarily during Carnival in 1938 in the Haitian village of Jacmel. A beautiful young French woman, Hadriana, is about to marry a Haitian boy from a prominent family. But on the morning of the wedding, Hadriana drinks a mysterious potion and collapses at the altar. Transformed into a zombie, her wedding becomes her funeral. She is buried by the town, revived by an evil sorcerer, and then disappears into popular legend.

Set against a backdrop of magic and eroticism, and recounted with delirious humor, the novel raises universal questions about race and sexuality. The reader comes away enchanted by the marvelous reality of Haiti's Vodou culture and convinced of Depestre's lusty claim that all beings--even the undead ones--have a right to happiness and true love.

From the introduction by Edwidge Danticat:

Despestre offers us the kind of tale we rarely get in the hundreds of zombie stories featuring Haitians, stories set both inside and outside of Haiti. In Hadriana in All My Dreams we get both langaj --the secret language of Haitian Vodou--as well as the type of descriptive, elegiac, erotic, and satirical language, and the artistic license needed to create this most nuanced and powerful novel.
Publisher: LaVergne : Akashic Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781617755552
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive - Distributor

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