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Sezon Sechres Ayiti
Sezon sechrès Ayiti is a searing look at the life of Haitian peasants in the late 20th century. It’s a novel that had to be written where the Haitian peasant has been a hidden phantom waiting to rise again in human worth in their own country… The novel addresses a very important reality of the peasants. Since very early in the twentieth century, many of them had to leave the provinces in search of a better life in the country’s capital and abroad. For instance, a large contingent would go to Cuba during the sugar cane seasons. Later, they would stay closer, geographically and select the Dominican Republic to do this kind of work. There is another group who travels by kanntè boats, a risky trip, to be dropped off on other islands or in Miami. The novel tries to capture these situations and the emotions and politics behind them. However, it must be noted that many of the problems then that confronted the peasants still exist today for them. In some cases, the challenges are worse. Life has always been difficult for them. There is no solution yet; the situation is worsening. --- With the deforestation problem everywhere in the country to make charcoal, drought and erosion have been heavily damaging mountain tops. Peasants lost the raising of creole pigs under foreign pressure to destroy them. Many of these people are still unemployed because of the lack of finding great technical assistance, and tools to help them work their parcels of land. --- And then the question of irrigation, a problem that the peasants have been facing. There has been water being wasted in many places in the country, nonetheless they are not being channeled to help peasants. This causes flooding to the point of devastation; for example: flooding carries away the rich top soil, animals, gardens, people and all it can find. --- Technology exists also in order to develop irrigation in our mountains to plant and harvest in great quantity; that way, hunger and necessity would not force them to be humiliated abroad. --- The book takes a look at the zenglendo phenomenon that appeared after the fall of Duvalier (February 1986), an insecurity issue of armed thieves panicking everywhere in the country. Sezon sechrès Ayiti represents the existential along with social and political challenges that have faced the Haitian peasants then and now. A reflective but realistic portrait of Haiti that will get the serious questions on its future agenda again…
*Note : 10 chapters --- A textbook prepared for high school level, for native speakers who want to master writing in standard Haitian Creole (H.C), and for learners of H.C (intermediate & advance level) with questions on each chapter, and a Creole – English glossary.
Bibliographer, editor, educator, essayist, lexicographer, linguist, poet, novelist, and translator, Emmanuel W. Védrine was born in Lazil, Haiti (Jan, 1959). He is the founder of E. W. Vedrine Creole Project. He has contributed to many institutions dealing with publication projects related to Haitian Creole, among them: Boston Public Schools (Ch. 766), Pimsleur Language Training, Simon & Schuster Publishers, The Indiana University – Creole Institute, Somerville Human Rights Commission, Boston Language Institute, Eritage Foundation, MIT2 Creole Clearing House, Potomitan.info, Rezo Entènèt Kreyolis Ayisyen, Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Brick House (Hispanic Editors) … His Literary works have appeared in Anthology of Haitian poets of Massachusetts, Bon Nouvèl, Bulletin Commercial du Massachusetts, Boston Haitian Reporter, Educa Vision, CreoList Archives, Haiti 2004, Haiti Courrier, Haitionline.com, Haiti en Marche, Haiti Progrès, Haitian-American Souls, Haitian-American Tribune, Haitian-American News, JEBCA, Komè, Kreyòl Connection, Le Matin, Le Nouvelliste, Libète, Oresjozèf Publications, Revolution Revolution Revolution, Prisma (UMass-Boston), The Mass Media (UMass-Boston), Kreyol.org, Soleil des Iles, Soup to Nuts, SICRAD, Tanbou.com, WindowsonHaiti.com … He lives in Boston.