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On the EdgeWriting the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic$
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381601

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.001.0001

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A fragile and beautiful world: the northern borderland and the 1937 massacre

A fragile and beautiful world: the northern borderland and the 1937 massacre

(p.129) Chapter Five A fragile and beautiful world: the northern borderland and the 1937 massacre
On the Edge

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses texts that shed light on one of the most traumatic events in the history of Hispaniola: the 1937 massacre of Haitians and Haitian–Dominicans living in the Dominican borderland. These works are José Martí's War Diaries (1895); Manuel Rueda's Bienvenida y la noche: Crónicas de Montecristi (1994); Freddy Prestol Castillo's El Masacre se pasa a pie (1937; 1973) and Paisajes y meditaciones de una frontera (1943); Manuel Rueda's La criatura terrestre (1963); and Polibio Díaz's Rayano (1993). These authors explore the causes of the massacre, the ways in which it unfolded, and its dramatic consequences for the areas it affected. Their narratives enable readers to comprehend both the character and the signifiance of the borderland.

Keywords:   massacre of 1937, Hispaniola, Haiti, borderland, José Martí, Manuel Rueda, Freddy Prestol Castillo, Polibio Díaz, Montecristi

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