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Louisiana by Erna Brodber
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Jan 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2008

This novel has a conversation about slavery and the world it created by animating Zora Neal Hurston's real character - a first anthropologist, someone who traveled from Eatonville, Florida to New York City and back home to that small town armed with a tape recorder to uncover the trace of tales of the dead who yet live. In Brodber's book, Ella Townsend likewise is armed with a reel-to-reel machine, which records voices of the living and the long-dead. We follow the trace of this young woman as she learns how to speak with the dead whose voices her recording machine has captured .. the machine does not merely record the past, but revives it. But such is the nature of history when it's about the Caribbean ... and about THAT past, by what device to remember the past.This book makes the book itself a machine for memory, its own construction from preface to narrative to afterward part of how fiction becomes historical. This book will amaze as a tangible object, every page is part of the book's craft, pages that seem to seep to the covers, and through the binding.

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