By Herbert Gold
5 a long time in the past, award-winning writer Herbert Gold traveled to Haiti on a Caribbean model of the Fulbright Scholarship. the adventure proved to be a turning element in his existence. Fifty years later, his attachment to the tiny Caribbean nation-his moment home-remains as passionate and strong as ever. Now, in most sensible Nightmare on the earth, he explores the key lifetime of this vivid, unstable, violent land. -Beautiful...bizarre...dangerous...exotic, a backyard of Eden fallen into depression, a tiny country of unbelievable distress and unpredictable grace, an island the place existence is a type of literature, an international of -unlimited impossibility.- this can be Herbert Gold's Haiti, a rustic of outstanding paradox and memorable extremes-of gingerbread dream homes and wretched slums, of brutal repression and explosive inventive power. the place else, he asks, are you able to run into evil spirits at the again roads, or locate the goddess of fertility and orgasm represented by way of a photograph of a tap-dancing Shirley Temple? the place else is there such generosity amid such corruption, such humor in the course of such desperation? In his many Haitian travels, Gold has dined with Graham Greene and chatted with the hated Duvalier oppressors. He has traded tales with CIA saboteurs, former Nazis, rum-soaked diplomats, and voodoo monks. He has taken within the cockfights and sought for pirate treasure. He has approximately died of malaria; he has confronted machete-wielding gangs of Ton-Ton Macoutes. He the site visitors in Haitian blood to American hospitals and watched the AIDS epidemic take its toll. He listened to the regular beat of drums rolling down mist-shrouded mountains, and shared within the flirting, consuming, and laughter of the streets. He has captured the essence of this land the place tragedy is the tune the folks dance to. Herbert Gold displays at the country's heritage and politics, tradition and folklore, yet sees even more. He sees Haiti throughout the eyes of a lover: impassioned, jealous, probing, ever alert, and alive. This e-book might be of curiosity to tourists to, and other people attracted to the issues of, Haiti and the Caribbean; and creditors of Haitian art.