Haitian laughter

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Educa Vision Inc., 2006 - Fiction - 398 pages
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Haitian Laughter is constructed around the lodyans, a narrative genre that has blossomed in Haiti as an art of miniatures. The substantial reduction in scale that presides over their creation allows only the significant features to remain, like a medieval illumination, a Japanese bonsai, or simply a small-sized map of an immense territory. This makes each miniature a "dwarf-sized saga," which lets us glimpse the larger dimension of the original of which it is a reduced model.
 

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A relative latecomer to literature, Georges Anglade published his first collection of Haitian Iodyans in 1999, at the age of fifty-five. His passionate involvement with this Haitian literary genre continued as he set himself the task of modernizing its tradition and universalizing its expression. After five years, during which he published copious amounts of research and literary creations, his project of formulating a theory of the Iodyans and illustrating it has begun to gain respect (with the aid of this collection, with this collection as proof), bringing a literary genre and its unique style out from beneath its cloak of invisibility.
A native Arizonan with a gift for languages, specifically French, which she began to teach at the university level after having received her Ph.D., Anne Pease McConnell found herself completely at ease with the humor and laughter of the Haitian Iodyans from the moment she read Georges Anglade's first collection. Since then, she has worked to teach the Iodyans and make it known, particularly in the United States. The English version of this collection is a high point of the five years she has spent accompanying the work as it developed and blossomed into its present form.

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