Haiti Noir: The Classics

Since the other day I’ve been raving about “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince,” an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written, to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. The story was published on Akashic Books‘ website to celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat.  I was one of the contributors to “Dark Days in Port-au-Prince.” In fact, the six-part story is still online. The last installment will be published on February 7th. Writers include Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat herself! Well, Edwidge asked me to…

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Lost in Translation, by Leita Kaldi

Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 5: Lost in Translation (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) Walking through the hospital one day I passed the isolation ward, where people with contagious diseases like TB and AIDS stayed. I was dismayed to see well people in there. I found Miguel, who was in charge of housekeeping, and asked him to paint signs — “DANJE: ISOLASYO WOD” – Danger, Isolation Ward. He smiled, “Oui, Miss Leita.” Miguel was a humble, friendly man, almost sixty, handsome with a moustache and a Spanish look about him. A tenacious worker, he took pride in every task, even to the…

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Dark Days in Port-au-Prince

To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. Check back each Friday through February 7th for a new installment of this six-part short story with sections from Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat! This second installment of Dark Days in Port-au-Prince comes from Haiti Noir contributor M.J. Fievre. It appears TODAY, Friday, January 10, on www.akashicbooks.com. The plot thickens!

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Zombies, by Leita Kaldi

Leita Kaldi’s Five Favorite Fiascos in Haiti, part 4: Zombies (from Kaldi’s memoir, In the Valley of Atibon) Antoine Veus, the retired morgue attendant, told me a zombie story I’d never forget.  Antoine was very tall, heavy-shouldered and slightly bent with age.  He moved slowly and spoke in a low-voiced even rhythm; a soft smile never left his face.  Dr. Mellon had trained him to do autopsies and bury unclaimed bodies. I asked Antoine about zombies. “Ah, of course there are zombies.  I saw zombies in the morgue.  One time I was about to do an autopsy on a man who suddenly sat up and opened his eyes.  ‘Don’t…

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Exquisite Corpse: Haiti Noir

To celebrate the release of Haiti Noir 2: The Classics, edited by Edwidge Danticat, Akashic Books asked contributors from both of their Haiti Noir volumes to participate in an exquisite corpse style story—a serial story in which each participant builds off of what the previous participants have written—to create an original piece of fiction with a decidedly dark tone. Check back each Friday through February 7th for a new installment of this six-part short story with sections from Roxane Gay, M.J. Fievre, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Katia D. Ulysse, Josaphat-Robert Large, and Edwidge Danticat! This first installment of Dark Days in Port-au-Prince comes from Haiti Noir 2: The Classics contributor Roxane Gay. It appears TONIGHT, Friday, January 3, on…

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