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Dézafi - by Franku00e9tienne (Hardcover)

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Dézafi is no ordinary zombie novel. In the hands of the great Haitian author known simply as Frankétienne, zombification takes on a symbolic dimension that stands as a potent commentary on a country haunted by a history of slavery. Now this dynamic new translation brings this touchstone in Haitian literature to English-language readers for the first time.

Written in a provocative experimental style, with a myriad of voices and combining myth, poetry, allegory, magical realism, and social realism, Dézafi tells the tale of a plantation that is run and worked by zombies for the financial benefit of the living owner. The owner's daughter falls in love with the zombie overseer and facilitates his transformation back into fully human form, leading to a rebellion that challenges the oppressive imbalance that had robbed the workers of their spirit. With the walking dead and bloody cockfights (the "dézafi" of the title) as cultural metaphors for Haitian existence, Frankétienne’s novel is ultimately a powerful allegory of political and social liberation.

Number of Pages: 200
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: Caraf Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated from the French
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr
Author: Franku00e9tienne
Language: English
Street Date: October 15, 2018
TCIN: 53645299
UPC: 9780813941387
Item Number (DPCI): 248-73-4486
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