Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 8, 2013 - History - 329 pages
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The Rainy Season, Amy Wilentz’s award-winning 1989 portrait of Haiti after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier, was praised in the New York Times Book Review as “a remarkable account of a journalist’s transformation by her subject.” In her relationship with the country since then, Wilentz has witnessed more than one magical transformation. Now, with Farewell, Fred Voodoo, she gives us a vivid portrayal of the extraordinary people living in this stark place.

Wilentz traces the country’s history from its slave plantations through its turbulent revolutionary history, its kick-up-the-dirt guerrilla movements, its totalitarian dynasty that ruled for decades, and its long and always troubled relationship with the United States. Yet through a history of hardship shines Haiti’s creative culture—its African traditions, its French inheritance, and its uncanny resilience, a strength that is often confused with resignation.

Haiti emerged from the dust of the 2010 earthquake like a powerful spirit, and this stunning book describes the country’s day-to-day struggle and its relationship to outsiders who come to help out. There are human-rights reporters gone awry, movie stars turned aid workers, priests and musicians running for president, doctors turned diplomats. A former U.S. president works as a house builder and voodoo priests try to control elections.

A foreign correspondent on a simple story becomes, over time and in the pages of this book, a lover of Haiti, pursuing the essence of this beautiful and confounding land into its darkest and brightest corners. Farewell, Fred Voodoo is a spiritual journey into the heart of the human soul, and Haiti has found in Amy Wilentz an author of astonishing wit, sympathy, and eloquence.
 

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Review: Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

User Review  - Maria Nolletti Ross - Goodreads

This book is a work of history, literary non-fiction, and an autobiography all in one. I highly recommend it. It answered all of my questions about why Haiti is the way it is now. I'm embarrassed by ... Read full review

Review: Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

The longer I sit after reading this book, the more inclined I am to give it five stars. "Farewell, Fred Voodoo" is not perfectly written, organized, or executed, and the author Amy Wilentz is inclined ... Read full review

Contents

SlideshowPrologue
1
Toussaint Camp
25
White Flight
41
Traumatic Amputation
51
I
69
Zombies of the World
74
Building Back Better
99
Citizen Haiti
120
Spaghetti Rounds
159
Werewolves in the Camps
167
II
194
The ViolentSex Cure
202
Pact with the Devil
213
Aristides Citadel
227
Plastic Wheelchairs
246
The Value ofTalk
260

GolfCourse Camp
139
Missionary Style
145
Ghosts by Daylight
279
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Amy Wilentz is the author of The Rainy Season, Martyrs’ Crossing, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen. She has won the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Non-Fiction Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award. She writes for The New Yorker and The Nation and teaches in the Literary Journalism program at UC Irvine.

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