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Paperback, 296 pages, 16.5 x 22 cm
co-publisher Quodlibet, 2015
Italian, Paperback, 296 pages, 16.5 x 22 cm, co-publisher Quodlibet, 2015.
The Caribbean is the stage on which the fates of the great colonial empires were played out and the world we know today first saw the light: a melting pot of races, cultures and languages that have been hybridised, mingled and reinvented. On this journey through the islands of St. Lucia, Trinidad and Martinique, Matteo Campagnoli and Stefano Graziani come across not only glistening stretches of sand and coconut palms, but also blue devils, British admirals and Creole taxi drivers, oil drums used as musical instruments and plantations turned into princely resorts, soca singers and slaves on the run, bat men and Norman corsairs, Indian temples and the most famous of carnivals in all the Antilles, cruise-ship tourists and adventurers on a desperate quest for their Eldorado. Rejecting the cliché of the postcard landscape, the Caribbean is finally returned to its protean complexity through the interplay of references spanning present and past, nature and culture, history and the stories told by a handful of writers who, in only a few years, managed to redraw the map of contemporary literature: Earl Lovelace, V.S. Naipaul, Aimé Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Patrick Chamoiseau and most of all Derek Walcott: the very tutelary deity of the journey.
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