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Chita

(1889)
A Memory of Last Island
A novel by

 
 
Delia LaBarre, editor of Lafcadio Hearn's novel CHITA: A MEMORY OF LAST ISLAND (University Press of Mississippi), says the re-issued book has an urgent connection with today's Louisiana.

On 10 August 1856, the Gulf of Mexico reared up and hurled itself over Last Island, near New Orleans. The storm essentially split the island in half and swept much of it away, including its inhabitants, wealthy vacationers, and its resort hotel. There were few survivors.

Lafcadio Hearn used these basic historical facts to create Chita.

"This new edition is issued at a time when Louisiana, and other states that border the Gulf of Mexico, are increasingly aware of the disappearance of our barrier islands and coastal marshlands," LaBarre writes. "Descriptions of these losses we face today but that were written in the late 1880s by Lafcadio Hearn during his months on Grand Isle may be surprising to readers unfamiliar with Hearn's works."

Originally published in 1889, this long out-of-print novella is a minor masterpiece that is by turns mysterious, mesmerizing, and tragic. In the aftermath of the storm, a Spanish fisherman wades into the Gulf to pick through debris. Among the bodies, he finds one that is yet alive, a small Creole girl. She remembers only her first name, Conchita. Her parents are presumed to have died in the storm.Raised by the fisherman's family, Chita grows into a strong, independent young woman. Her story is counterpointed by that of her lost father, a doctor who thinks that Chita is dead and, as a result, devotes himself to helping others in need. When he comes to Last Island to aid a man with heart disease, he encounters Chita. The consequences are devastating.

This beautifully lush, ornately styled tale of south Louisiana in the nineteenth century is a haunting novel that is both impressionistic in its evocation of nature and realistic in its characterizations and depictions of life in this region.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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August 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island
Author(s): Lafcadio 1850-1904 Hearn
ISBN: 1-360-81045-5 / 978-1-360-81045-4 (USA edition)
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December 2015 : USA Hardback
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November 2015 : USA Hardback
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July 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island by Lafcadio Hearn, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory Of Last Island
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July 2008 : USA Hardback

Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island
Author(s): Lafcadio Hearn
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island
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March 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island (Banner Books)
Author(s): Lafcadio Hearn
ISBN: 1-57806-558-5 / 978-1-57806-558-5 (USA edition)
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March 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island
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January 1999 : USA Library Binding

Title: Chita, A Memory Of Last Island
Author(s): Lafcadio Hearn
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June 1969 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island
Author(s): Lafcadio Hearn
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January 1969 : USA Hardback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island (Southern Literary Classics Series)
Author(s): Lafcadio Hearn
ISBN: 0-8078-1098-3 / 978-0-8078-1098-9 (USA edition)
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November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island (Classic Reprint)
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July 2018 : USA Paperback
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September 2017 : Australia Paperback
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September 2017 : Australia Paperback
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May 2018 : Australia Paperback
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May 2018 : Australia Paperback
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August 2016 : USA Paperback
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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December 2012 : USA Paperback
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October 2012 : Canada Paperback
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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July 2008 : USA Paperback
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December 2007 : USA Paperback
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
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January 2007 : USA Paperback
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November 2006 : UK Paperback
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March 2003 : USA Paperback
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October 2001 : USA Paperback
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January 1969 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chita: A Memory of Last Island (Chapel Hill Books)
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ISBN: 0-8078-4039-4 / 978-0-8078-4039-9 (USA edition)
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February 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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