Hadriana in All My Dreams

Hadriana in All My Dreams You do not need to believe in zombies or Vodou to be carried away by this story a metaphor for all forms of dispossession Ren Depestre has gone beyond nostalgia to write a sumptuous love story Le Mond

  • Title: Hadriana in All My Dreams
  • Author: René Depestre Edwidge Danticat Kaiama L. Glover
  • ISBN: 9781617755330
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • You do not need to believe in zombies or Vodou to be carried away by this story a metaphor for all forms of dispossession Ren Depestre has gone beyond nostalgia to write a sumptuous love story Le MondeHadriana in All My Dreams, winner of the prestigious Prix Renaudot, takes place primarily during Carnival in 1938 in the Haitian village of Jacmel A beautiful yo You do not need to believe in zombies or Vodou to be carried away by this story a metaphor for all forms of dispossession Ren Depestre has gone beyond nostalgia to write a sumptuous love story Le MondeHadriana in All My Dreams, winner of the prestigious Prix Renaudot, takes place primarily during Carnival in 1938 in the Haitian village of Jacmel A beautiful young French woman, Hadriana, is about to marry a Haitian boy from a prominent family But on the morning of the wedding, Hadriana drinks a mysterious potion and collapses at the altar Transformed into a zombie, her wedding becomes her funeral She is buried by the town, revived by an evil sorcerer, and then disappears into popular legend.Set against a backdrop of magic and eroticism, and recounted with delirious humor, the novel raises universal questions about race and sexuality The reader comes away enchanted by the marvelous reality of Haiti s vodoo culture and convinced of Depestre s lusty claim that all beings even the undead ones have a right to happiness and true love.Ren Depestre, born in 1926, is one of the most important voices of Haitian literature A peer of seminal figures like Aim C saire, Pablo Neruda, and Andr Breton, Depestre has engaged with the politics and aesthetics of negritude, social realism, and surrealism for than half a century Having lived through significant moments in Haitian and New World history, Depestre is uniquely positioned to reflect on the extent to which the Americas and Europe are implicated in Haiti s past and present.

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    1. A new translation from Akashic Books left the translator with the challenge of finding more words for body parts! I enjoyed this completely bizarre novel set in Haiti with a corpse grandmother, sex-addict butterflies, and the central zombie bride. Voodoo and island traditions saturate the novel and the author communicates the story in three different styles. At first I was completely lost and had no idea what was going on, but just went with it and let it swirl around me. Thanks to the publisher [...]

    2. It took me a while to settle into this book, in that it relies perhaps on a shared cultural knowledge I don't havebut once I gave up on understanding every bit of what was going on (for instance, what the heck was going on with Germaine Villaret-Joyeuse's "loins?") it entranced me. Some books cast as wide a net for readers as possible, and make themselves accessible to readers who don't share the author's culture, and other books are for sharing within a culture, author to reader, both with a sh [...]

    3. I received this book from the publisher for review.I read this book a couple weeks ago and for some reason it's taken me this long to write a review. The strange thing is I enjoyed the book, but I'm not entirely sure how to write about it.It's a book that involves zombies, and I think that automatically makes a reader think something very specific about what kind of book it will be. I guarantee it's not like that. At the risk of sounding especially elitist, this book is not a book about zombies. [...]

    4. A classic of Haitian literature, Hadriana In All My Dreams is a vibrant and sensual tale about Carnival in Jacmel, the magic of Voodoo, the mystery of zombification, a lascivious butterfly, lots of sex (with a multitude of creative words and phrases for describing genitalia), and a young woman's death on her wedding night which sends an entire town into mourning. The story is written with lush, beautiful sexy language that brings Haitian culture to life in a way that's haunting and powerful.

    5. This novel really picked up for me after about the first 35 pages. Depestre wrote it about 30 years ago, but it was only recently translated to English. It is a slow build. Damn is it also dark, sexy, and beautiful. I loved Hadriana as a narrator. Her observations and criticisms are so sharp. I want to sit with these characters and drink iced tea while they tell me stories. It's a solid read, 3.5 stars.

    6. I recently lost a friend who was born and raised in Haiti and I remember many stories she told me about it. So I was interested in finding a novel about a country we only hear bad news from. I read this book after asking a Haitian American Coworker what book I should read about Haiti. He says there are not many in English that he knows of but this really expresses the feel of Haiti. I would have never found this book otherwise.Written in French, there is always something lost in translation. How [...]

    7. One of the best magical realist works I've read so far. I know it says it's a zombie story but it's more than that. Superstition and the zombification of society is a huge part of the narrative.

    8. This was just kind ofodd. I didn't feel any kind of connection with any of the characters, and never had a clear image of what the setting was supposed to look like. Plus, for a good portion of the beginning of the book I had no clue who was narrating. Even once I found out who the person was, I was left wondering why they were the narrator instead of Hadriana who is the main focus of the book. I'm glad it was short because otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it.

    9. Several years ago, I was doing research on Haitian Vodou and was surprised to find so little authentic material out there. Only two sources provided glimpses into Vodou's mysterious beliefs and practices – Zora Neal Hurston’s Tell My Horse and filmmaker Maya Deren’s documentary, “Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti.” Both Hurston and Deren spent considerable time in small Haitian communities, gaining the trust of the locals, in order to gain unprecedented access to rites and cere [...]

    10. Translated from French, Hadriana In All My Dreams is a tale of zombies and romance, Voodoo and eroticism in Haiti in the late 1930's. The narrator tells the tale of Hadriana and others who come into contact with supernatural forces, and the beliefs of the Haitians in the city of Jacmel. Depestre does a good job contrasting Voodoo and Catholicism and the relation of the native islanders to Hadriana and her family, a weatlhy white family from France. Eroticism plays a significant part of the tale, [...]

    11. Originally published in 1988, Depestre's novel was just recently translated into English despite having been translated into several other languages and having won literary awards. Bookworms suspect that the many erotic passages dissuaded English publishers from investing in a translation. Yes, Depestre's Haiti of the late 1930s is sense-filled and teeming with life, but I wouldn't narrowly define it as an erotic novel. The sensual, sexual, spiritual, and intellectual all combine in various ways [...]

    12. Rating: 0.9 / 5*groans in disappointment*I justI can't even express how gravely disappointed I am with this book. The first reason that I wanted to read it is so as to accustom myself to more Caribbean culture and literature. After reading Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, while such literature and even themes contained are something that I can't relate to in any way, shape, or form whatsoever, I thought to myself, "Heck, let's experience something new!"The plot to this, especia [...]

    13. It's hard for me to give only two stars, but this book didn't quite do it for me. I think a lot of that has to do with culture shock -- I am a white American male, which is pretty much as far removed from the Haitian culture in the book as you can get. I do love books, though, that take you somewhere else -- that's why I read, after all -- but with this book, I never quite felt like I got it.Also, I've seen this marketed as a zombie love story no. There are zombies, but no of The Walking Dead il [...]

    14. This is a short novel that packs a big punch. I love Magical Realism, and I haven't read much (if any) Haitian literature. It's certainly a unique story, and one I'll be thinking about for years to come. I loved learning about Haitian voodoo as popular culture has a few misconceptions. I also loved this tragic, romantic zombie tale (and how much of a fighter Hadriana is even when she becomes a zombie). Some slow moments, but learning about voodoo, voodoo vs. Catholicism, and the chapters from Ha [...]

    15. A book within the Magic Realism genre, which although not for everybody, it is a familiar experience for those who grew up in Latin America. I deeply dislike the modern version of zombies, reduced to a mindless rot; in these book the topic is rooted in the original Haitian Voodoo folklore, which makes it far more interesting, it is also a fast paced, sensual, irreverent and fun read.As a bonus, I believe René Depestre is the first Haitian author I read, which makes it even more special for me ( [...]

    16. This was an interesting and lyrically take on zombie literature. You're delving more into the myth of zombies and the culture involved than you are actually getting a zombie story. It may be a short read but it is a long trip this book takes you on, to places that are so dark and erotic and they are light-hearted at times. Everything about this book called out to me to read it, from the cover to the back summary, and I'm glad I did. Just reading the pages about the carnival during Hadriana wake, [...]

    17. Ooh, I loved this book! I found the writing style lyrical and enchanting. I'm not very well read on anything Haiti or voodoo and found the novel as a whole fascinating. Additionally, the way the novel tackles human sexuality was like nothing I had been exposed to. I've been reflecting on how I, as an white American raised in a semi-Protestant home, was exposed(///not exposed) to sexual identities.

    18. I found this book slow and confusing at the beginning but once settled on the Haitian words and the story, things start to move pretty fast. This is a book about voodoo, zombies and life in Haiti in the 30's. Well written in two perspectives, one being that of the zombified voodoo victim. Interesting.

    19. I hated this book for the first 3/4 of it, but wanted to finish it since it was so short. While reading the last of it, though, I was able to appreciate it a lot more. I think I initially didn't like it because voodoo is a foreign idea to me so I didn't understand a lot of what was happening.

    20. What a magical book. To read it let go of all beliefs and assumptions. Its a beautiful book rooted in the culture and world of Haiti years past. It was written originally in 1988 and this is a new translation. Joyful

    21. Lush, sensual, and with some unexpected turns - yes, it's the conflict of tradition and modernity, but done in a more-than-usually interesting way.

    22. A strange take on zombies that explores the Hatian roots. It's at once literary and profane. I definitely enjoyed it, but it is easily the most atypical zombie novel I've ever read.

    23. Wonderful taleI found it hard to tear myself away from this tale of love and vodoo. So glad amazon recommended it!

    24. Well that was different. Read as part of my goal this year to read more in translation.If you'd like to stretch yourself and get a taste of Haitian literature, recommended.

    25. Beautiful parable of Hadrian's Siloé, a 18-year-old white Francaise that lives in Jacmel (Southern Haiti) and on the day of her wedding, seems to drop dead before the altar. And then she leads a so-called zombie-existence and especially pursues the author on his long voyage away from his homeland.Many surrealist elements, drawn from the Haitian imagination. Also very interesting documentary about the zombie phenomenon and about the clash between Catholicism and voodoo.

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