Under the Bone by Anne-Christine d'Adesky

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Under the Bone is a harrowing, evocative tale of political intrigue and violence in post-Duvalier Haiti. Against the backdrop of electoral tensions, the novel opens with the discovery of a corpse, outside Port-au-Prince, by Elysse Voltaire, a young Haitian woman who is later framed for murder. Her plight, and that of Ti Cedric, a missing peasant activist, become the focus of an investigation by Leslie Doyle, an American human-rights worker, aided by a circle of Haitian advocates. Leslie's journey leads her from the houses ransacked by the Tontons Macoutes - Haiti's death squads - to killing fields, hospitals, prisons, and, finally to the truth. At once a mystery and a chronicle of hope and despair in the world's first black republic, Under the Bone weaves a range of narrative to present a vivid, compelling picture of life in contemporary Haiti. Lyrical, haunting, and streaked with black humor, under the Bone marks the debut of a gifted young novelist and an astute observer of the human condition.

About Anne-Christine d'Adesky

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Anne-Christine d'Adesky is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker who has written about AIDS and global politics for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Nation, Village Voice, and OUT. She received amfAR's Award of Courage for pioneering AIDS journalism and has just completed a global AIDS documentary, Pills, Profits and Protest.
Published February 1, 1994 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 371 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While the characters and the story are lifeless, inadequate warriors for the good fight, the actual place is vividly evoked--a place of beauty, of ``bright turquoise seas.'' Understandable emotions better served from the sidelines than the midst of battle, where the cause is all.

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With a plot that sadly mirrors current political turmoil, this fiercely lyrical first novel is set against a backdrop of post-Duvalier Haiti, where violent rival cliques compete for power.

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Cedric, a political activist central to the story, never appears in the flesh, though the search for him reinforces the image of a country where those who oppose the regime do so at the risk of their lives.

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