May 3rd, 2010
Danticat is undoubtedly the most well-known contemporary Haitian author. Her novels deal with Haiti as it is, as it was, and with the immigrants from Haiti who are trying to make their way to better lives in unfamiliar cultures.
In Haitian culture, a storyteller will say “Krik?” to ask if the audience wants to hear to a story, and the audience responds by saying “Krak!” to indicate they are ready to listen. Krik? Krak! is a series of short stories linked by some common themes including the importance of storytelling. The political and economic history of the island is the backdrop for many of the stories and through them the reader is able to gain some understanding not only Haitian history, but also the effects the political upheavals have had on its citizens. Krik? Krak! was a finalist for the National Book Awards and is highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to know more about Haiti, its history, and its current challenges.
Please Join us for a discussion of Krik? Krak! led by Judy Levin on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.
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