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In 1937 the power-mad racist Generalissimo Trujillo ordered the slaughter of thousands and thousands of Haitians and, as Philoctète puts it, death set up shop everywhere. At the heart of Massacre River is the loving marriage of the Dominican Pedro and the Haitian Adele in a little town on the Dominican border. On his way to work, Pedro worries that a massacre is in the mak...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by New Directions (first published 1989)
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Darryl
"What isn't possible when power turns stupid?"

We people from over here and over there—we are, in the end, the people of a single land.

The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is shared by two countries, Haiti to the west and the much larger Dominican Republic to the east. The two nations are separated by a latitudinal border, part of which is formed by the Dajabon River, which is also known as Massacre River. Haiti is populated primarily by its African descendants, and it is the poorest country in the...more
Purple Iris
Very moving account of the 1937 massacre. The main chatacters are Pedro Brito, a Dominican and Adele Benjamin, a Haitian. They symbolize the union of the Haitian and Dominican people. Meanwhile, Trujillo's motivation for the mssacre is explained through his obsession with the Citadelle. His inability to possess it causes him to create the blancos de la tierra myth and eventually order the massacre. I know that may seem strange, but it works in this book.
I've taught this book several times now i...more
Victor
This is book is pure poetry, so revealing of the beauty and the suffering of Haitians, the stupidity of a dictatorship and the complicity of the Haitian politicians.
The love between a good-hearted Dominican and a beautiful Haitian girl, speaks of what the relationship between the to halves of the island should be. For all my Dominican brothers and sisters out there. READ. THIS. BOOK.

"... And why should we believe that rivers go home every evening to the milky way?
That spring peas are breast of...more
Virginia Strukel
Enjoyable book about a difficult time period in Haiti and Dominican Republic's history - slaughter of Haitians along the border by DR army patrols. The writer is very descriptive and story takes on an almost whimsical air regarding death.

Part of Around The World In Fiction, writer is born and lived almost entire life in Haiti.
delaceiba
Nov 12, 2008 delaceiba rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who think haitians and dominican can't get along...
Recommended to delaceiba by: nobody
i wish i read haitian creole and a lil french...translations are not my favorite...if you liked 100 years of solitude's attitude of magic realism, this story will captivate you...The original title is, Le Peuple des Terres Melees...
Jonathan
Poetic, feels a little lost in translation.
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