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Kaywana blood. (dustjacket)
Kaywana blood. (dustjacket)
AuthorMittelholzer, Edgar
TitleKaywana blood. (dustjacket)
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherACE Books
ISO Date1961
Date of Publication1961
FormBook jackets
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Curator NotesFinal volume of trilogy, starts in 1795 ends in 1953 with independence movement. Records the end (Gotterdamerung fashion) of the Groenwegel clan and therefore of the Guyanese plantocracy. Main character Dirk has clear vision of coming of modern competitive markets; on the other hand, he is defeated in a series of ironic twists by his powerful dynastic loyalties deeply tied to notions of purity of race. Despite the fact that his closest friend (and half brother) and the woman he loves are mixed race, he denies them full place in his home and his life. The novel records the triumph of the children of these characters and the rise of Creole Guiana in the twentieth century. Although Dirk realizes the narrowness of his vision at the end, the unlaid specter of race continues to haunt the characters even as independence becomes a possibility. Another novel of borders or thresholds: race (of course), sexuality, the bush and the cultivated, settler colonial, slave, indigene and metropolitan, sanity and madness. Formally elegant, a heavily unmediated dialogue throughout; as is typical in the Guyanese novels, narrative for the extensive natural descriptions, often the clue to meaning. Ends with abrupt irony (about race); usual lack of resolution, sense of continuation, irresolvable elements, in this case, of race and colonialism. First published in 1958 by Secker & Warburg, London.
Collection SourceH.D. Carberry Collection of Caribbean Studies
HostUniversity of Illinois Chicago. Library
CollectionImages of the Caribbean Diaspora: Book Jacket Art (University of Illinois at Chicago)
RepositoryUniversity of Illinois at Chicago. Library. Special Collections and University Archives.
CitationMittelholzer, Edgar. Kaywana blood. H.D. Carberry Collection of Caribbean Studies; University of Illinois at Chicago. Library. Special Collections and University Archives.
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Local IdentifierPR9320.9.M5K331958_dj
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