Fiction. Latinx Studies. African & African American Studies. THREE WOMEN OF HAITI, first published in German in 1980, is the final work by the great German writer, Anna Seghers. The three stories of the triptych concern women caught up in historical events across almost 500 years of Haitian history, beginning with the time of Christopher Columbus's exploratory voyages to the New World and ending in the 1970s with the repressive measures of the Bébé Doc Duvalier regime. These three uncompromising portrayals of women caught up in life-threatening situations form Anna Seghers's testimony work, demonstrating her lifelong concern as a revolutionary writer to give voice to those marginalized in history. Also included here is the 1948 essay Seghers wrote about the life of Toussaint Louverture and his pivotal role in the Haitian Revolution.
Anna Seghers was born to Jewish parents in Mainz, Germany, in 1900, and died in East Berlin in 1983. She won the prestigious Kleist Prize for her debut work, The Revolt of the Fishermen of St. Barbara (1928) and received the Georg Büchner Prize in 1947 for services to German literature, primarily in recognition of her internationally bestselling novel of German pre-war antifascist resistance, The Seventh Cross (1942). During her exile period from Hitler's Germany (1933- 1947), she wrote two other enduring works, Transit (1944) and The Excursion of the Dead Girls (1943/4). These three works have recently been freshly translated into English. Seghers's work from her later period, as a citizen of East Germany, remains largely overlooked in English translation. Crossing: A Love Story (1971) was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. THREE WOMEN FROM HAITI (1980 / Diálogos / Lavender Ink, 2019) is the last story published by this influential German writer.Author City: BERLIN GER