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Depestre, René

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1926-    ) Haitian poet and author, his life being spent elsewhere, his political activism, initially as a Communist, requiring constant displacements until he settled in France after about 1968; active from 1945. He is of some sf interest for Hadriana dans tous mes têves (1988 trans Kaiama L Glover as Hadriana in All My Dreams 2017), which Equipoisally conflates Haitian legends and "scientific" explanations of the apparent transformation of a young bride on her wedding day into a Zombie. The consequences of her death, and the convulsions Haiti was then (and now) suffering through, are seen, at points, as one story (see Fantastika). [JC]

René Depestre

born Jacmel, Haiti: 29 August 1926

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