Heading South

Heading South

Book - 2009
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On the sun-drenched island of Haiti in the 1970s, under the shadow of "Baby Doc" Duvalier's notorious regime, locals eke out an existence as servants, bartenders and panderers to the white elite. Fanfan, Charlie, and Legba, aware of the draw of their adolescent, black bodies, seduce rich, middle-aged white tourists looking for respite from their colourless jobs and marriages.

These "relationships" mirror the power struggle inherent in all transactions in Port-au-Prince's seedy back streets. Heading South takes us into the world of artists, rappers, Voodoo priests, hotel owners, uptight Parisian journalists and partner-swapping Haitian lovers, all desperately trying to balance happiness with survival.

Made into an award-winning film starring Charlotte Rampling, this provocative novel, translated for the first time into English, explores the lines between sexual liberation and exploitation, artistic freedom and appropriation, independence and colonialism.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre ; [Berkeley, CA] : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, c2009
ISBN: 9781553654834
Call Number: F LAFERRIE
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Grady, Wayne


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Nov 29, 2017

Thank you for the previous poster's comment because I read the journal's review and was extremely turned off by the description and no longer wanted to read this book, but after reading the comment of said reviewer, I can see what was really being said. I will now go ahead and read this book. Thank you for honesty!

Nov 23, 2017

Wow. The library journals review of this book is so stunningly racist that I needed to comment. To overlook the complexity of the struggle for these young men to survive in Haiti in the face of a post-colonial dictatorship and just chalk them up to being the over sexed macho predators of so-called helpless (wealthy) white women (who are clearly sexual tourists weilding their socio-economic privilege) is beyond ignorant. It's insensitive, sexist, classist, and very very racist--playing into a centuries old White narrative that presupposes the criminality of Black men. Especially poor Black men in Haiti. I'm angry this review is even considered viable as it ignores the both the rich context & detail of this well written story . Obviously the library journal review was written by an angry white man with a very small penis who felt pretty threatened by the plot. Too bad for him.


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