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Children of Heroes - French Voices (Paperback)

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Paperback 171 Pages / Published: 01/05/2008
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Their father's favorite saying, between drinks and blows, was, "Life holds only bad surprises, and the last one will be death." And now, Colin observes of the man sprawled under all the broken furniture, their father was definitely and forever out of surprises. Children of Heroes is the story Colin tells of what happened-and what happened before that. Testimony, confession, a child's outpouring: this is his painfully matter-of-fact account of how he and his older sister, Mariela, killed the man who tyrannized them and their piously pathetic mother, who is now a "blank." As he describes their flight from the slum in Haiti to an uncertain somewhere called "far away," Colin conjures a bleak picture of the life he and his sister are trying to leave behind. And whether these two-children only in age-are guilty or merely victims of the violence festering in their city is a question only the reader can answer. In its picture of a world in which the heroes and the destroyers-whether fathers or leaders-are often indistinguishable, and where life's poetry and poverty are inextricably linked, this book tells a story of Haiti that is at once intimate, universal, and otherworldly.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803294592
Number of pages: 171
Weight: 181 g
Dimensions: 216 x 127 x 9 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Trouillot writes with his heart on his sleeve . . . and his unabashed empathy for plucky Colin and brave, sexy Mariela recalls elements of Dickens."-Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *
"Lyonel Trouillot's novel Children of Heroes is a real tour de force. Set in Haiti, it is a story about surviving the vulnerabilities of childhood. Beautifully written and beautifully translated, its images linger."-Rose M. Rejouis, winner of the American Translators' Association Prize -- Rose M. Rejouis
Lyonel Trouillot is perhaps the best known of contemporary Haitian novelists. Children of Heroes shows the author in his prime form for stylistic clarity and emotive impact. His characteristic first-person narrative is a well-constructed story that is vividly realistic and a most tragic tale."-Thomas C. Spear, editor of Une Journee Haitienne and coeditor of Celine and the Politics of Difference -- Thomas C. Spear
"Trouillot's undestated prose, his way of putting a lush sentence together make Children of Heroes a novel worthy of examination and multiple reads."-Kreyolicious * Kreyolicious *

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