Centré sur la vie d'une famille de colons dont la plantation est frappée par une malédiction naturelle, Balai de sorcière est un roman foisonnant où la réalité tragique est travaillée par la magie du carnaval.
Traduit de l'anglais par Christine Pagnoulle
Balai de sorcière Balai de sorcière retrace l'histoire de la malédiction coloniale d'une île des Caraïbes. Le roman raconte les traversées, dévoile mémoires et archives, chemine entre grandeurs, misères et mythes. Puisant dans la tradition du carnaval, Lawrence Scott brouille les pistes, renverse perspectives et hiérarchies. Le dernier représentant de la dynastie des Monagas de los Macajuelos, Lavren, merveilleux conteur, « lévite entre les siècles, les races, les genres, dans les interstices du temps, à l'écoute du désir des femmes et du silence des hommes ».
« Balai de sorcière » désigne une malédiction naturelle frappant les planteurs. En effet, ce balai de sorcière est le nom du foisonnement bleu-vert provoqué par un parasite qui donne aux rameaux des arbres attaqués, en l'occurrence les cacaoyers, l'aspect hirsute d'un balai et dont les conséquences pour le planteur (la stérilité de l'arbre) sont suffisamment sinistres pour évoquer la sorcière.
Lavren Monagas de los Macajuelos, le dernier des Monagas, qui lévite entre les siècles, les races, les genres, dans les interstices du temps, à l'écoute du désir des femmes et du silence des hommes
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Dans ce récit échevelé, la réalité tragique est travaillée par la magie du carnaval. Le résultat est un texte croustillant comme du bon pain, un texte léger qui appelle la gelée de goyaves, mais aussi un texte qui continuera longtemps, bien mieux que n'importe quelle enquête, n'importe quel traité historique, à nous faire vivre les failles et déchirures sur l'île de Trinidad / Kairi, et l'espoir indomptable de mains qui se tendent.
Fils d'un père allemand et d'une mère française appartenant à l'aristocratie terrienne de Trinidad, Lawrence Scott est un auteur incontournable de la Caraïbe anglophone.
Trinidad, 1848. Michel Jean Cazabon returns home from France to his beloved mother's deathbed.
Despite the Emancipation Act, his childhood home is in the grip of colonial power, its people riven by the legacy of slavery. Michel Jean finds himself caught between the powerful and the dispossessed. As an artist, he enjoys the governor's patronage, painting for him the island's vistas and its women; as a Trinidadian he shares easy wisdom and nips of rum with the local boat-builders. But domestic tensions and haunting reminders of the past abound. His fiery half-sister Josie - the daughter of a slave - still provokes in him a youthful passion; his flirtatious muse Augusta tempts him as he paints her 'for posterity'. Meanwhile, letters from his white, French wife and children remind him of their imminent arrival on the island.
A two-decade journey, panoramic in scope yet intimate in detail, through the hopes, sorrows, and conflagrations of an unraveled empire and the people living in it.
Not with a bang, but with a quiet, ten-minute address on Christmas Day 1991: this is how the Soviet Union met its end. Lawrence Scott Sheets, who was then living in Moscow as a young foreign correspondent, went to the center of the capital to witness the response. In the streets around Red Square, he writes, life went on as usual. One would not have known that 300 million people had just become citizens of other countries.
But in the wake of that one deceptively calm moment, conflict and violence soon followed. Some of the emergent new countries began to shed totalitarianism, while others sought to revive their own dead empires or were led by barely or totally unreformed ex-Soviet leaders who built equally or even more repressive political machines. Since the late 1980s, Sheets lived and reported from the former USSR and saw firsthand the reverberations of the collapse of empire across Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Ukraine, and Chechnya. Eight Pieces of Empire draws readers into the people, politics and day-to-day life in the region, painting a vivid portrait of a tumultuous time.
On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the USSR, Sheets stories about people living through these tectonic shifts of fortune--a trio f female saboteurs in Chechnya, the chaos of newly independent Georgia in the early 1990s, young hustlers eager to strike it rich in the post-Soviet economic vacuum--reveal the underreported and surprising ways in which the ghosts of empire still haunt these lands and the world.
LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD1938 is a tumultuous year on the small Trinidadian island of El Caracol, which houses a leper colony and a convent. In the sultry heat of the dry season a young orphan, Theo, is sent to live with the island's doctor, Vincent Metivier. The doctor knows little of Theo's past, only that it has been troubled and that he now needs love and attention.As Theo settles into the rhythm of life in El Caracol, he begins to unburden himself of his demons. Every night, he sleeptalks his own strange, disturbing calypso about his childhood. Vincent listens and, gradually, learns what demons still haunt the boy's mind. And as his friendship with the passionate, unpredictable nurse Sister Weil intensifies, Vincent finds his settled life spirally dangerously out of control, as war in Europe looms on the horizon.A richly sensual, heartfelt novel, Night Calypso is the work of one of the world's most imaginative writers.
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