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Peacekeeping: A Novel Kindle Edition
Praise for Peacekeeping
"Powerfully intelligent . . . A politically sophisticated novel that plants, like pushpins, a handful of memorable characters into Haiti’s arid soil . . . [Peacekeeping's] depths reside in Mr. Berlinski’s rich portrait of a society, and his cool, probing writing about topics like sex, politics, journalism, race, class, agriculture, language and fear . . . Berlinski has a knack for writing short, sharp, surreal scenes . . . There’s a good deal of magic in the way that Mr. Berlinski, in command of fact and emotion, pilots this big novel safely home." ―Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“A formidable piece of work . . . the book’s easy way with local stories and lore bespeaks the familiarity that comes with rich firsthand experience . . . [Berlinski is] a sharp collector of stories, and he has an enjoyable way of threading his narration with story: Berlinski knows how to keep leading us on.” ―James Wood, The New Yorker
“Marvelous . . . Peacekeeping gallops ahead toward the horizon of tragedy, yet the novel is brightened by the author’s sense of the absurdities that saturate an enterprise like a U.N. mission and the weird, byzantine intimacies at the ground level of globalization . . . Peacekeeping, in that sense, is a welcome bearer of enlightenment and a raw reminder of the limits of empathy.” ―Bob Shacochis, The Washington Post
“Mischa Berlinski’s new novel stands out for doing far more than dramatizing news headlines about the beleaguered Caribbean nation . . . Berlinski immerses the reader in an environment so richly detailed that one almost hears the buzz of insects through the pages, but the novel’s plot transcends its tropical setting, resulting in a deeper exploration of what it means to be an observer.” ―Jennifer Kay, Associated Press
"Berlinski's descriptive gifts are terrific . . . The devastating 2010 earthquake naturally figures in the action and elicits Berlinski's most electric, hallucinatory prose . . . Peacekeeping makes you eager for wherever Berlinski will take his own perceptive mode of vision next." ―Michael Upchurch, Chicago Tribune
"Peacekeeping is a dark, funny, powerful read . . . Readers will be glad they made the trip." ―The Christian Science Monitor
“On the troubled half-island of Haiti, love, power, and poverty collide, as do a tough Florida cop, a beautiful singer, politicians, and the United Nations post-2004 peacekeeping mission . . . [Berlinski] is a kind of heir to Graham Greene and Robert Stone, both for his excellent storytelling and for the way it can reveal a bigger picture.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Berlinski follows his National Book Award-nominated debut with a compelling tale that again immerses readers in the intrigues of an enthralling locale . . . The Haiti [Berlinski] describes is one in which there are always multiple versions of the truth, some we can bear to tell ourselves, and others we cannot." ―Brendan Driscoll, Booklist (starred review)
“In tones that shift effortlessly from journalistic to atmospheric to deeply, darkly funny, Berlinski (Fieldwork) evokes a very detailed sense of place in his second novel . . . the pages are steeped in verisimilitude . . . This is a fascinating and well-plotted novel.” ―Publishers Weekly
“With the eye of an anthropologist and the heart of a novelist, Berlinski vividly depicts the stark contrast of physical beauty and grinding poverty that is the essence of Haiti.” ―Library Journal
Praise for Fieldwork
“Berlinski [is] an effortless conjurer of convincing details . . . [Fieldwork is] an intoxicating journey filled with missing souls and vengeful spirits.” ―Terry Hong, The Washington Post
“That rare thing―an entertainingly readable novel of ideas . . . Berlinski’s narrative is brilliantly plotted and builds to a shattering but entirely credible conclusion.” ―Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
“An impressive feat of literary acrobatics . . . [A] sad and powerful tale . . . Inspired and courageous.” ―Kevin Smokler, San Francisco Chronicle
“An impeccably structured novel portraying two strikingly different milieus . . . Bravura storytelling . . . Fieldwork [addresses cultural] issues with intelligence, wit and grace. And Berlinski delivers the whole package in prose that . . . is perfection itself.” ―Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
“[Fieldwork] succeeds in evoking the quixotic appeal of both the anthropological and missionary enterprises―of documenting other cultures and of converting them.” ―The New Yorker--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0140PFO2Y
- Publisher : Sarah Crichton Books (March 8, 2016)
- Publication date : March 8, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 932 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #555,269 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I quote that passage because above all else, Peacekeeping is a story and the story focuses on the poorest country in the Western hemisphere – Haiti. There are, of course, fleshed-out characters. But each of them contributes to the Haitian tapestry, particularly focusing on the remote coastal town of Jeremie – a town that does not have a road and therefore, does not have a lifeline.
There is Terry White, a U.N. policeman who has lost at the game of life back in Florida and now has grasped a second chance to reboot himself. Eventually, he is drawn to a charismatic district judge named Johel Celestin, who spent years in the U.S. after escaping the Duvalier regime and who has come back finely sensitized to the injustice and poverty that face his countrymen. He is married to a beautiful green-eyed and ebony-skinned seductress. When an opportunity arises to topple the entrenched and morally corrupt senator, Maxim Bayard, Johel grabs it – along with Terry to help lead him forward.
The author, I’ve read, actually lived in Haiti and it shows. His knowledge of a country that lives and survives on stories – one’s own story and the story of a land – comes across loud and clear. The themes that run through this book are as old as mankind itself: the insatiable quest for love and power, the varying nuances of morality, the ways we support and betray each other.
In this election year – I’m reading this just two months before the 2016 election – the shenanigans and drama of the electoral contest are particularly timely and fascinating. If there is a flaw in this novel, it’s that Berlinski eventually choses to focus more on the machinations of electoral events as opposed to the characters; one senses that he is using his knowledge a little too intensely and for pages, the book almost reads like non-fiction (although it is, fiction or perhaps gussied-up stories.)
“The tragedy of peacekeeping,” Berlinski writes. “…was that you are inevitably on the wrong side of someone who is in the right. Perhaps, he thought that was the tragedy of life.” By interpreting what peacekeeping means – in all its nuances – Berlinki has written a fine novel indeed.