Farewell, Fred Voodoo

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Farewell, Fred Voodoo

A Letter from Haiti

By Amy Wilentz

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451643978, 329pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Description
A brilliant writer's account of a long, painful, ecstatic and unreciprocated affair with a country that has long fascinated the world.
"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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