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Writing on the Fault LineHaitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010$
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Martin Munro

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381465

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381465.001.0001

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Broken Lands

Broken Lands

Gary Victor, Kettly Mars, and Post-earthquake Fiction

(p.122) Chapter Three Broken Lands
Writing on the Fault Line

Martin Munro

Liverpool University Press

This chapter continues the analysis of early post-earthquake fiction, specifically novels by Gary Victor (Le sang et la mer) and Kettly Mars (Aux frontières de la soif). The chapter argues that, while Mars’s novel situates itself largely in the present, Victor’s is primarily about the past, the social and environmental conditions that have led to the apocalyptic present. The chapter also considers questions of style and form, arguing for instance that Victor in a sense reproduces his signature magical realism, offering fantastic takes on the lives of everyday Haitian characters. At the same time, the chapter argues that the style is slightly muted, the tone restrained and that the novel is something of a tribute to the earthquake’s dead, those who were propelled to death in their thousands by social and economic forces that they were unable to control.

Keywords:   post earthquake fiction, Gary Victor, Le sang et la mer, Kettly Mars, Aux frontieres de la soif, magical realism

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