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Street of Lost Footsteps Paperback – November 1, 2003
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The drama of promise and betrayal in Haitian life informs Street of Lost Footsteps with the grim irony and savage tenderness characteristic of writers for whom the repetitiveness of history has gone beyond tragedy, through farce, and on into insanity. With impressive originality and touching immediacy, Trouillot explores the nature of political oppression, memory, and truth.
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"Does fire burn away suffering?", the madame asks. It is a rhetorical question, the answer to which is negative -- and that knowledge is not going to stop the burning, literal and figurative.
Things do happen in the concentrated, intense novel -- mostly bad things. What Trouillot wrote about was not just a single night, but an all-too representative condensation of Haitian history. Translator Linda Coverdale's useful introduction provides a succinct overview of the bloodstained history of Haiti, though I think that this portrayal of people living for being in on the kill has much wider reference than Haiti (having recently been in the Balkans...)
The realites he wrote about are stomach-turning. I don't think he should have sugarcoated them, but wish that he had marked who was narrating each of the short (2-5 page) chapters.