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By S. Torres-Saillant

The 1st highbrow heritage of the Caribbean written through a best Caribbean stories student, this e-book examines either writings penned by means of natives of the sector in addition to a physique of texts interpretive of the quarter produced by way of Western authors. Stressing the experiential and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the research considers 4 significant questions: What artwork, literature or concept can come from the minds of people that have passed through a catastrophic background? What makes the conceptual paradigms shaped by means of the Western highbrow in a position to illuminating the designated event of Antilleans, yet now not vice versa? Do Antilleans lack the highbrow historical past required for the translation of tradition, even if of their sector or somewhere else on the earth? Why is the specificity of Caribbean humanity such that it can't be used as a paradigm for humanity as a complete?

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Soon Spain would see its Caribbean domains diminished, retaining only Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo. France would take hold of Guadeloupe, Guiana, Martinique, and the western third of the island of Hispaniola known by the name of Saint Domingue. Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Eustatius, Saba, and Surinam would go into the imperial hands of Holland, in addition to a half of St. Maarten, the other half claimed by France. Great Britain would take hold of by far the largest number of territories, running the alphabetical gamut from Anguilla and Antigua to Turks/Caicos and the Virgin Islands.

The victims of the flood that hit the Haitian–Dominican border town of Jimani in the wee hours of morning on May 24, 2004 experienced their disempowerment as a fell blow. Estimates taken 2 days after the flood placed the death toll above 860 people with several hundreds still missing. By day three, the Dominican authorities, who felt they could not wait for the victims to be identified by relatives, proceeded to bury in mass graves the badly decomposed bodies because of the health risks they posed.

Similarly, focusing on Costa Rican fiction writer Quince Duncan as well as on Panamanian authors Carlos “Cubena” Guillermo Wilson and Gerardo Maloney, literary scholar Ian Smart has usefully outlined the growing body of Spanish-language Central American writings that show unmistakable linkages to the literature of the English-speaking islands, an affinity evidently stemming from the history of West Indian migration to the continent (Smart 1984). Colombia comes particularly to mind as a useful example to illustrate a country where the sociocultural texture of its Caribbean portion stands out for its marked contrast to the modalities of its Pacific and Andean areas.

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