Dance on the Volcano

Author(s): Marie Vieux-Chauvet
Original Publish Date: Jan 10, 2017
Product Number: EB00638101
Released: Jan 10, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780914671589
Publisher: Archipelago
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Dance on the Volcano tells the story of two sisters growing up during the Haitian Revolution in a culture that swings heavily between decadence and poverty, sensuality and depravity. One sister, because of her singing ability, is able to enter into the white colonial society otherwise generally off limits to people of color. Closely examining a society sagging under the white supremacy of the French colonist rulers, Dance on the Volcano is one of only novels to closely depict the seeds and fruition of the Haitian Revolution, tracking an elaborate hierarchy of skin color and class through the experiences of two young women. It is a story about hatred and fear, love and loss, and the complex tensions between colonizer and colonized, masterfully translated by Kaiama L. Glover.

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