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“He Came to Kill the Preacher”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034577.003.0009
“He Came to Kill the Preacher”

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This chapter analyzes Danticat's representations of Macoute torture in her most recent novel, The Dew Breaker, which like Krik? Krak! is also narrated and composed in interconnected short-story form. The story reveals psychologically complex characters such as Dew Braker and his family who fled from Haiti during the first Duvalier regime. The story proffers testimonies of torture, violence, and bloodshed in the diaspora to dead people, answering machines, and strangers. Although the novel is based on political terror during Duvalier's rule, it also casts shadows over the present.

Keywords: The Dew Breaker; Danticat; Volunteers for National Security; political prisoners; Casernes Dessalines military barracks; Fort Dimanche prison; Dew Braker; Duvalier regime; diaspora

Chapter.  15153 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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