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ROUMAIN, Jacques. Masters of the Dew : A Novel of Haiti. Translated by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (c.1947). With "Liberty Book Club" to foot of spine on book proper and jacket. Pp. (6),vii-[viii],(2),1-180. 8vo, tan cloth with red lettering to spine. A translationof the Haitian Marxist author's masterwork, 'Gouverneurs de la Rosee'. Rou main, b. June 4, 1907, Port-au-Prince; d. August 18, 1944. "This novel fromHaiti is a vivid prose idyll of elemental urges among an elemental people. It portrays with ever-powerful simplicity the Haitian sun and soil, sickne ss and health, love and hate, death and generation. The protagonist is Manuel, who returns to his native village in Haiti after several years as a hired hand on a sugar plantation in Cuba. There Manuel has seen the ways of a more advanced world: mechanical improvements, class distinctions, social strife, labor organizations. His native village had remained a peaceful oasisin his turbulent memory, but now Manuel sees it with new eyes. He sees a c ommunity impoverished by feuds and droughts. He yearns to farm, but there is no water. He falls in love with a tender, beautiful girl, but her family hates him. How Manuel and his new convictions survive these tests makes a simple, dramatic story, written in the melodious rhythms of Haitian speech."- from the dustjacket. Slightly bowed, light spotting to top edge, faint b rownish edge-toning, name inked to flyleaf, else very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 40.00
Title: Masters of the Dew : A Novel of Haiti. in dustjacket.
Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1947,:
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