La Reine Soleil Levée

Simone Grossman

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Gérard Étienne’s novel La Reine Soleil Levée [The Queen Sun Rises] (1987) takes place in Haiti of the 1960s under the Duvalier régime. Étienne himself had been a victim of the dictatorship, having been tortured and imprisoned by the Tontons Macoutes before being exiled. Like Le Nègre crucifié [Crucified in Haiti] (1974), an autobiographical novel depicting the tortures endured by a prisoner who is the author’s double, the novel La Reine Soleil Levée represents an indictment against injustice and cruelty. The voice of this suffering country is heard through the drama of a poor family.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Literary Encyclopedia
Subtitle of host publicationExploring literature; history and culture
PublisherThe Literary Dictionary Company Limited.
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

The Literary Encyclopedia
International Standard Serial Number: ISSN 1747-678X


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