Amour Douleur Folie

Jana Evans Braziel

in Duvalier's Ghosts

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034577
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038247 | DOI:
Amour Douleur Folie

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Dany Laferrière's novel Le cri des oiseaux fous reflects on the emotional themes of Marie Chauvet's trilogy Amour colère folie which presents post-Duvalier viewpoints on love, madness, and anger in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. This chapter studies Laferrière's revisiting of Chauvet's trilogy to be itself an example of exposure of Duvalierist violence. The chapter argues that in Le cri des oiseaux fous, love becomes ensnared with death, anger, and is replaced with profound sadness. The fact that Laferrière directly engages Chauvet's trilogy is evident from the constructions which surface in Le cri des oiseaux fous. This chapter compels us to rethink terror or state violence within a transnationalist frame, and thus Laferrière diverges from Chauvet's nationalist framing of Haiti's regimes of violence.

Keywords: Dany Laferrière; Le cri des oiseaux fous; Marie Chauvet; Chauvet's trilogy; Amour colère folie; Haiti; Haitian diaspora; Duvalierist violence; death; anger; sadness

Chapter.  7810 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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