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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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The forgotten heart-breaking epic of border struggle

The forgotten heart-breaking epic of border struggle

(p.222) Chapter Eight The forgotten heart-breaking epic of border struggle
On the Edge

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses works that explore the different ramifications of ‘the forgotten heart-breaking epic of [the] border struggle’. These works deal with Hispaniola from the 1960s onwards and include two novels, a long poem, a fim, and a piece of investigative journalism: Diego D'Alcalá's La Frontera (1994); Manuel Rueda's La criatura terrestre (1963) and Las metamorfosis de Makandal (1998); Perico Ripiao (2003), directed by Ángel Muñiz and written by Reynaldo Disla and Ángel Muñiz; Maurice Lemoine's Sucre Amer: Esclaves aujourd'hui dans les Caraïbes (1981); and Gary Klang's L'île aux deux visages (1997). Some of these works remind us of particularly vulnerable border-crossers, namely the Haitian braceros working in bateyes in the Dominican Republic.

Keywords:   border-crossers, Hispaniola, Diego D'Alcalá, Manuel Rueda, Maurice Lemoine, Gary Klang, Haiti, braceros, bateyes, Dominican Republic

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