Popa Singer

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University of Virginia Press, 2024 - Fiction - 134 pages
The latest novel by one of Haiti's most brilliant writers



The most recent book by renowned Haitian novelist, essayist, and poet René Depestre, Popa Singer is a semi-autobiographical chronicle of Haiti in the late 1950s, the very moment when the country first came under decades of despotic rule.



To celebrate her son's return home after years of exile, Diana Fontoriol (aka "Popa Singer")--an indomitable mother armed only with her sewing machine and her personal convictions--determines to resist in her own way the infamous Ubu King of the Tropics: François "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Depestre's novel tells the story of this at once intimate and epic struggle. Combining colorful fantasy and biting social satire, it is a deeply personal and singularly artistic take on an infamous chapter in Haitian history.

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About the author (2024)

Primarily a literary and intellectual historian of the Caribbean, Marlene Daut writes about the history of the Haitian Revolution, literary cultures of the greater Caribbean, and racial politics in global media, especially as appears in film and television.

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