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All Souls' Rising : Vintage - Madison Smartt Bell

All Souls' Rising

Vintage

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Published: 9th November 2004
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"A serious historical novel that reads like a dream." --The Washington Post Book World

"One of the most spohisticated fictional treatments of the enduring themes of class, color, and freedom." --San Francisco Chronicle

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST 

This first installment of the epic Haitian trilogy brings to life a decisive moment in the history of race, class, and colonialism. The slave uprising in Haiti was a momentous contribution to the tide of revolution that swept over the Western world at the end of the 1700s. A brutal rebellion that strove to overturn a vicious system of slavery, the uprising successfully transformed Haiti from a European colony to the world’s first Black republic. From the center of this horrific maelstrom, the heroic figure of Toussaint Louverture–a loyal, literate slave and both a devout Catholic and Vodouisant–emerges as the man who will take the merciless fires of violence and vengeance and forge a revolutionary war fueled by liberty and equality.

Bell assembles a kaleidoscopic portrait of this seminal movement through a tableau of characters that encompass black, white, male, female, rich, poor, free and enslaved. Pulsing with brilliant detail, All Soul’s Rising provides a visceral sense of the pain, terror, confusion, and triumph of revolution.

"As powerful as a hurricane. . . . All Souls' Rising is really about us, our times, our prejudices, our race wars." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A serious historical novel that reads like a dream." -The Washington Post Book World

"Rich and ambitious. . . . One of the most sophisticated fictional treatments of the enduring themes of class, color, and freedom." -San Francisco Chronicle

"A powerful and intelligent novel. . . . Historical fiction in the monumental manner." -The New York Times Book Review

"A beautifully composed, eloquent, grand nightmare of a book. With it, Bell becomes as remarkable a historical novelist as we have in this country." -Harold Bloom

"A work of breathtaking stylistic expertise on a large scale, easily [Bell's] most daring and accomplished novel." --The Baltimore Sun

"A passionately engaged opus. All Souls' Rising reflects both a sustained imaginative audacity and great intellectual resourcefulness." --The New Yorker

"Remarkable. . . . All Souls' Rising deserves to be read for its fictional representation of history and for its compelling characterizations. But its political importance should not be underestimated. . . . Bell's excursion into revolutionary Haiti is the attempt of an undaunted novelist to stand face to face, as it were, with the prehistory of our own racial divisiveness. . . . An important book." --The Oregonian

"I've known Madison Smartt Bell's work for quite a while, and this is the best thing he's ever done-and probably the best thing he'll ever do, which is my definition of a masterpiece. All Souls' Rising is simply breathtaking." --Gloria Naylor

"The scope of this ambitious narrative is heroic. . . . Bell demonstrates that each race destroys itself in doing evil to the other." --Chicago Tribune

"A major work, a triumph of both storytelling and inspired historical analysis." --Robert Stone

"A vivid, visceral tale. . . . [Bell] has taken the events of eighteenth-century colonial Haiti and made them a prism for the most divisive issues confronting us today." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Bell's luminous, intelligent novel . . . is magnificent. It restores my faith in the energy of American fiction." --Barbara Probst Solomon

Preface
Prologuep. 3
Bois Cayman (August 1791)p. 9
Leur Cafe Au Caramel (August-November 1791)p. 129
Exchange of Prisoners (November 1791-April 1792)p. 263
Illumination (August 1792-June 1793)p. 353
Envoip. 501
Chronology of Historical Eventsp. 505
Another Devil's Dictionaryp. 524
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781400076536
ISBN-10: 1400076536
Series: Vintage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 9th November 2004
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1