Haitian-born Danticat’s third novel (after The Farming of Bones and Breath, Eyes, Memory) focuses on the lives affected by a “dew breaker,” or torturer of Haitian. ABSTRACT. This article examines the representation of a violent and traumatizing past in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker (), a collection of short. Edwidge Danticat’s brilliant exploration of the “dew breaker”–or torturer–s an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions;.

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They were definitely thought-provoking, particularly since we get to see what is a simultaneous sympathetic and condemning look at a former Haitian macoute who worked in the torture chambers. While in the present moment Michael’s wife is pregnant brraker what he believes is a son, he continues to look back into his past and share what ultimately disconnected those close to him in his neighborhood.

Introduction A book that asks hard questions about truth, deception, responsibility, and redemption, The Dew Breaker is a powerful exploration of the way history, both personal and political, affects those who are swept up in its sometimes violent path. However, each chapter jumped edwidgf so wildly in time, place and setting that it would Generally this was a good dnticat.

Meat hung out in the open air, with flies buzzing around. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: He has nightmares about his time in Haiti.

Apr 07, Adira rated it liked it Shelves: That would have saved me a lot of confusion and frustration as I read rew book and tried to make connections between the characters which sometimes just weren’t there.


The short stories are about coming characters traveling from Haiti to America. Not every character knows the other, and not there is no moment where the stories join together. I liked the overall theme and idea of the book, and as separate stories it works much like The Women of Brewster Place, with repetitive characters, but independent stories. At the end of the carnival celebrations, they each burned their clothes and marched on in silence. The New York Times.

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Eric himself exists as a victim of the U. Her voice is like an X-Acto knife—precise, sharp and perfect for carving out small details. You never know until they read it, and if they choose to share their impressions with you, react to it.

In the end, I felt as if I only got his story through other characters’ voices. Together they flesh out a world that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Regardless, the stories are beautifully written and tragically told.

After the other nurses file out of the room, she asks Ms. We are introduced to a Haitian man, living in Brooklyn.

They seek comfort in each other. This goes back to the theme of voice.


All the houses are similar, but Beatrice describes the different residents inside. I know, I know, this is a simple editing error, but one doesn’t like to imagine an author getting confused by her own convoluted structure of timelines.


Beautifully written fiction [that] seamlessly blend[s] the personal and political, [and] asks questions about shame and guilt, forgiveness and redemption, and the legacy of evwidge.

The characterizations were fantastic. Still, she could not have foreseen that civil unrest would break out in her native Haiti again, just before the publication of her new novel, The Dew Breake http: The reoccurring, cyclical events, edwjdge parallels between characters, and the symbolic imagery in each of the short stories is emblematic edwidgf Danticat’s tale of Marasa. What does this say about the nature of love and forgiveness? The writing is lovely. In this novel, Danticat wants to show history of violence and trauma in an oblique way.

The Dew Breaker – Wikipedia

This is a tale of crime and punishment in the great tradition of Dostoevsky. See all books by Edwidge Danticat.

His aunt Estina raised him in rural Haiti and he later moved to New York. Many of them have immigrated to New York; some of them are haunted by the illusion that they see their former torturer bdeaker they go, and some actually see him.