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After the Dance

(2002)
A Walk Through Carnival in Haiti
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In After the Dance, one of Haiti's most renowned daughters returns to her homeland, taking readers on a stunning, exquisitely rendered journey beyond the hedonistic surface of Carnival and into its deep heart.

Edwidge Danticat had long been scared off from Carnival by a loved one, who spun tales of people dislocating hips from gyrating with too much abandon, losing their voices from singing too loudly, going deaf from the clamor of immense speakers, and being punched, stabbed, pummeled, or fondled by other lustful revelers. Now an adult, she resolves to return and exorcise her Carnival demons. She spends the week before Carnival in the area around Jacmel, exploring the rolling hills and lush forests and meeting the people who live and die in them. During her journeys she traces the heroic and tragic history of the island, from French colonists and Haitian revolutionaries to American invaders and home-grown dictators. Danticat also introduces us to many of the performers, artists, and organizers who re-create the myths and legends that bring the Carnival festivities to life. When Carnival arrives, we watch as she goes from observer to participant and finally loses herself in the overwhelming embrace of the crowd.

Part travelogue, part memoir, this is a lyrical narrative of a writer rediscovering her country along with a part of herself. It's also a wonderful introduction to Haiti's southern coast and to the true beauty of Carnival.

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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti (Crown Journeys)
Author(s): Edwidge Danticat
ISBN: 0-609-60908-4 / 978-0-609-60908-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: After The Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti
Author(s): Edwidge Danticat
ISBN: 1-78470-458-X / 978-1-78470-458-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti (Updated) (Vintage Departures)
Author(s): Edwidge Danticat
ISBN: 1-101-87291-8 / 978-1-101-87291-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Haiti
Author(s): Edwidge Danticat
ISBN: 0-09-946465-9 / 978-0-09-946465-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Walk Through Carnival (A Vintage Short)
Author(s): Edwidge Danticat
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


April 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti (Updated) (Vintage Departures)
Author(s): Edwidge Danticat
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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