Faculty Book: Edouard Glissant
(translated by J. Michael Dash)
(Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004; 127 pp)
Renowned author Edouard Glissant tells the dramatic story of former slave, Francois Dominique Toussaint L'ouverture, in his play, Monsieur Toussaint, newly translated (in collaboration with Glissant himself) by J. Michael Dash. Toussaint rose to the rank of general in first the Spanish and then the French army, became ruler of Saint-Domingue, and was abducted and delivered to France by Napoleon's agents. He died in 1803, a captive in a desolate French prison—but his influence survived his demise. L'ouverture's lieutenants led his former troops into battle, fighting mercilessly until they routed the French forces; by 1804, the remaining colonies had been driven from Saint-Domingue, and the renamed Haiti was declared independent. Glissant is a distinguished professor of French at The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: MAY 1, 2004