alphabet of the night by Jean-Euphele Milce


Notes –

Jean is a Haitian writer born in 1969 this is his debut novel ,he currently lives in switzerland in self-imposed exile ,he studied linguistics in Haiti and later taught Creole literature he also founded a literary magazine lire Haiti(read Haiti) .

The book –

the book follows jewish shopkeeper Jeremy Assael who is homosexual and has a partner Lucien ,the book starts of with the shop opening and the precautions they have to take to safe guard them selfs ,Shortly after this Lucien is killed in front of the shop by a corupt police man after vengeance against them .This sends Jeremy on a journey around Haiti in search of answers to who he is ,what his place is whether its in Haiti or in exile ,Jeremy wants to find a long-lost school friend who he thinks may have the answers too these questions .he heads to talk to the holy people of this island a voodoo priest and a revered bishop ,he dances with old ladies and we see the everyday life of Haiti unfold in front of our eyes .

The dawn brings me its first tints in changing swirls of colour .Port au-Prince always wakes tp find its cries ill-expresseds sorrows smoothered by a pall of smoke .Rising up from the ground ,hopes destroyed by the daily struggle for survival hangs over a place that has lost all sense of being a capital.

the opening of alphabet of the night .

My views –

This book evokes the obvious tension of Haiti ,of course it has been in the news with the earthquake recently ,but you sense on every page the menacing atmosphere of the country ,yet its spirit to get by no matter what troubles face its people ,we also discover the dilemma facing many people in the third world whether to flee and try to establish a new life in the usa .Jean Euphele is an exciting writer and a new voice for the region .

Links –

Jean on the earthquake in Haiti

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emily Jane
    May 15, 2010 @ 17:50:35

    This sounds really interesting. I’m adding it to my to-read list!


  2. Nymeth
    May 15, 2010 @ 21:11:15

    Thank you for the link to his essay on the earthquake. He sounds like an author I’d like to read.


  3. amymckie
    May 16, 2010 @ 11:55:49

    Sounds like a really great book, I’m off to read the link now!


    • winstonsdad
      May 16, 2010 @ 13:16:05

      yes ,lovely he has another published in french so hope that makes it in to english soon too ,stu


  4. Iris
    May 17, 2010 @ 08:59:43

    This sounds like an interesting book. I know next to nothing about Haiti (except for the earthquake coverage in the news).


  5. Kinna
    May 19, 2010 @ 10:02:25

    Thanks for the review, Stu. I’m only familiar with the works of Edwidge Danticat and Carpentier where Haiti is concerned. This sounds like great and will add to my list.


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