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Title : Hadriana dans tous mes rêves
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ISBN : 9782070382729
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 213 Pages
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Hadriana dans tous mes rêves Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-04-24 20:54

    A new translation from Akashic Books left the translator with the challenge of finding more words for body parts! I enjoyed this completely bizarre novel set in Haiti with a corpse grandmother, sex-addict butterflies, and the central zombie bride. Voodoo and island traditions saturate the novel and the author communicates the story in three different styles. At first I was completely lost and had no idea what was going on, but just went with it and let it swirl around me. Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy through Edelweiss.

  • Lark Benobi
    2019-05-06 20:55

    It took me a while to settle into this book, in that it relies perhaps on a shared cultural knowledge I don't have...but once I gave up on understanding every bit of what was going on (for instance, what the heck was going on with Germaine Villaret-Joyeuse's "loins?") it entranced me. Some books cast as wide a net for readers as possible, and make themselves accessible to readers who don't share the author's culture, and other books are for sharing within a culture, author to reader, both with a shared history that needs no explanation. This novel was the latter, but I enjoyed being an outsider, looking in.

  • El
    2019-04-23 01:06

    I received this book from the publisher for review.I read this book a couple weeks ago and for some reason it's taken me this long to write a review. The strange thing is I enjoyed the book, but I'm not entirely sure how to write about it.It's a book that involves zombies, and I think that automatically makes a reader think something very specific about what kind of book it will be. I guarantee it's not like that. At the risk of sounding especially elitist, this book is not a book about zombies. It's not a fast-paced, horror-genre book. This is about Haiti, which is where the concept of zombies really originated from. This book, originally published in 1988, was written very poetically which makes sense since René Depestre was a well-known poet during his living years.The story is narrated by a young Haitian man who tells the story of Hadriana, a young Creole woman. She is soon to be married but on the wedding day she collapses at the altar and, assume dead, is buried. And this is where things get strange but beautiful as we learn about the events leading up to her zombie-hood, and her struggles to break free of it.It's a fascinating and short novel lyrically written. Readers who appreciate a small dose of magical realism will enjoy this book, but again, don't be turned off or turned on by the fact that it involves zombies, because it won't be The Walking Dead like you may be expecting.Full review here.

  • Andrea Blythe
    2019-05-07 00:09

    A classic of Haitian literature, Hadriana In All My Dreams is a vibrant and sensual tale about Carnival in Jacmel, the magic of Voodoo, the mystery of zombification, a lascivious butterfly, lots of sex (with a multitude of creative words and phrases for describing genitalia), and a young woman's death on her wedding night which sends an entire town into mourning. The story is written with lush, beautiful sexy language that brings Haitian culture to life in a way that's haunting and powerful.

  • Deera
    2019-05-11 21:55

    This novel really picked up for me after about the first 35 pages. Depestre wrote it about 30 years ago, but it was only recently translated to English. It is a slow build. Damn is it also dark, sexy, and beautiful. I loved Hadriana as a narrator. Her observations and criticisms are so sharp. I want to sit with these characters and drink iced tea while they tell me stories. It's a solid read, 3.5 stars.

  • Sarath
    2019-05-08 20:43

    I recently lost a friend who was born and raised in Haiti and I remember many stories she told me about it. So I was interested in finding a novel about a country we only hear bad news from. I read this book after asking a Haitian American Coworker what book I should read about Haiti. He says there are not many in English that he knows of but this really expresses the feel of Haiti. I would have never found this book otherwise.Written in French, there is always something lost in translation. However, in my opinion, the book was good. The book was more sexualized than I am used to. I am assuming, French speakers are just more open about sex than English speakers. This has been my experience from reading other French novels translated to English. I expected zombies to be more Walking Dead than the way they are portrayed in the story. Not scary at all. I have to admit, the book is a hard read for one without much cultural knowledge of Haiti. I think the bottom line I wanted from this book is that Haiti is a vibrant place with a dynamic and interesting culture that is hard to stereotype. More diverse than a bunch of poor black fishermen image the international media gives Haiti.

  • Zeynep Şen
    2019-05-17 02:01

    One of the best magical realist works I've read so far. I know it says it's a zombie story but it's more than that. Superstition and the zombification of society is a huge part of the narrative.

  • Abby
    2019-05-16 21:55

    This was just kind of...odd. I didn't feel any kind of connection with any of the characters, and never had a clear image of what the setting was supposed to look like. Plus, for a good portion of the beginning of the book I had no clue who was narrating. Even once I found out who the person was, I was left wondering why they were the narrator instead of Hadriana who is the main focus of the book. I'm glad it was short because otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it.

  • Blake Fraina
    2019-04-30 17:52

    Several years ago, I was doing research on Haitian Vodou and was surprised to find so little authentic material out there. Only two sources provided glimpses into Vodou's mysterious beliefs and practices – Zora Neal Hurston’s Tell My Horse and filmmaker Maya Deren’s documentary, “Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti.” Both Hurston and Deren spent considerable time in small Haitian communities, gaining the trust of the locals, in order to gain unprecedented access to rites and ceremonies that outsiders normally never see.I’ve never encountered any fiction that has done justice to this misunderstood religion; it all tends to focus on the more sensationalistic elements (e.g, ritual animal sacrifice and zombies), but Rene Depestre’s amazing Hadriana In All My Dreams rectifies that. Briefly, it tells the story of a beautiful and much beloved young French woman who dies at the altar on her wedding day, in front of the entire Haitian village of Jacmel. But she isn’t truly dead. She has been turned into a zombie by an evil sorcerer who wants her for his own. The tale unfolds through the eyes of a teenaged boy who is a confidant and secret admirer of Hadriana, as well as Hadriana herself, who recounts her horrific experience of being trapped in a seemingly lifeless body while the townsfolk and her family argue over her funeral rites.While this might all sound like the stuff of horror fiction, Depestre’s novel is actual filled with ribald humor, steamy sexuality and ultimately, romance. The funeral itself, which coincides with the village’s annual carnival, is chockful of glorious details of Haitian Vodou traditions and ceremony. It crackles with the fire of the genuine. It does not shy away from things that Westerners might view as primitive or naïve, while at the same time, it does not sensationalize them. If anything, the story exudes a warmth and familiarity that could only come from a native son of Haiti.I am so glad I was introduced to this little gem. I went in looking for an education and left with a love story that was by turns fanciful, comical, suspenseful and thoroughly engaging.

  • Tim Vasil
    2019-04-24 23:46

    Translated from French, Hadriana In All My Dreams is a tale of zombies and romance, Voodoo and eroticism in Haiti in the late 1930's. The narrator tells the tale of Hadriana and others who come into contact with supernatural forces, and the beliefs of the Haitians in the city of Jacmel. Depestre does a good job contrasting Voodoo and Catholicism and the relation of the native islanders to Hadriana and her family, a weatlhy white family from France. Eroticism plays a significant part of the tale, an aspect of Voodoo I was unaware of. Some of the language used related to the erotic details seemed a little off or forced, so it was helpful to read to interpreter's notes at the end where she says " figuring out how to translate Depestre's twenty or so terms for human genitalia indeed had me stretching the limits of the English language" to make me forgive some of the terms used that seemed unusual and at times, laughable. The author paints a vivid picture of Haiti and the island and its culture are one the centerpieces of this novel and I feel handled very well. The story itself bogs down in the middle- there is a lack of suspense at points, I feel - without giving much away, I will only say certain outcomes seemed inevitable but a number of pages were spent where the tale didn't seem to get any closer to resolution. Overall, the descriptions of Haiti, the contrast between Voodoo and Catholicism as well as the wealth white French family and their relations to the Haitians made this a good read and make me interested to seek our more of Depestre's work.Thanks to the publisher Akashic Books for the advance reading copy.

  • Karen
    2019-05-16 17:52

    Originally published in 1988, Depestre's novel was just recently translated into English despite having been translated into several other languages and having won literary awards. Bookworms suspect that the many erotic passages dissuaded English publishers from investing in a translation. Yes, Depestre's Haiti of the late 1930s is sense-filled and teeming with life, but I wouldn't narrowly define it as an erotic novel. The sensual, sexual, spiritual, and intellectual all combine in various ways in his novel. On the surface, his novel is about a young bride who becomes a zombie, but this is not a book from the horror, thriller, or fantasy genres. Depestre refers to French semiotics and post-colonialism in the same novel that contain descriptions sex-obsessed giant butterflies, well-tended gardens, wistful Catholic nuns, and awe-struck military leaders. The book has two distinct points of view. Well, it seems to take an omniscient point of view, but we eventually learn that we are hearing the story told by a local boy named Patrick who narrates the fate of the bride. Then we hear the zombie bride's (much briefer) perspective on her fate. It's interesting to imagine Depestre's intent in this mixed-genre novel. Ultimately, I concluded that this is an intimate love letter to Haiti. If you are the type to blush if you found a set of poetic-yet-graphic love letters, this may be more than you can bear. But if you want to dive into the sense-filled world of Haiti, Depestre will certainly reveal several dimensions of the country, culture, and people.

  • A.M.G.
    2019-05-11 17:49

    Rating: 0.9 / 5*groans in disappointment*I just...I can't even express how gravely disappointed I am with this book. The first reason that I wanted to read it is so as to accustom myself to more Caribbean culture and literature. After reading Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, while such literature and even themes contained are something that I can't relate to in any way, shape, or form whatsoever, I thought to myself, "Heck, let's experience something new!"The plot to this, especially as it's written on Goodreads, intrigued me, since I don't know all that much about voodoo and witch-doctors and how "zombies" are made (it involves drugs, as far as I know, but I really have no idea what any of the specifics are). After surprisingly loving Diaz's novel, I had high expectations for this one, thinking that I might be pleasantly surprise and unearth another book worth purchasing.I was surprised alright, but not pleasantly so.My problem with the book is just this: you can't understand a goddamn thing!Maybe it's the translator's fault, or maybe it's the author's fault, but it doesn't matter. Nothing makes sense from what I've read (I stopped after reading part one, of which I understood absolutely nothing and then got pissed off and stopped reading), and the descriptions of one thing to another have absolutely no connection. There is no flow, the prose is sloppy at best, and the plot doesn't come through at all.I don't know what else to say except that it was a waste of my time, however little it was.

  • Matthew
    2019-05-14 22:08

    It's hard for me to give only two stars, but this book didn't quite do it for me. I think a lot of that has to do with culture shock -- I am a white American male, which is pretty much as far removed from the Haitian culture in the book as you can get. I do love books, though, that take you somewhere else -- that's why I read, after all -- but with this book, I never quite felt like I got it.Also, I've seen this marketed as a zombie love story... no. There are zombies, but no of The Walking Dead ilk. (This is no Warm Bodies.) There's love, too, but it's never really felt, just talked about. What this is, really, is an exploration of the small town of Jacmel, where Voudou and Christianity converged. There are SO MANY names, it's hard to keep anyone straight. And the tone of the narrator is incredibly journalistic -- I often felt, I think intentionally, that I was reading a newspaper rather than a novel.Several times I thought I'd give up on the book, but I kept going, partly because it's short and partly out of sheer stubbornness. I was rewarded: the book does have the amazing line "broken like waves on a windless day" to describe the faces of people in mourning... and the read was worth it just for that!

  • Amanda Thompson
    2019-05-22 23:55

    This is a short novel that packs a big punch. I love Magical Realism, and I haven't read much (if any) Haitian literature. It's certainly a unique story, and one I'll be thinking about for years to come. I loved learning about Haitian voodoo as popular culture has a few misconceptions. I also loved this tragic, romantic zombie tale (and how much of a fighter Hadriana is even when she becomes a zombie). Some slow moments, but learning about voodoo, voodoo vs. Catholicism, and the chapters from Hadriana's POV make it all worthwhile.

  • Pablo
    2019-05-03 00:46

    A book within the Magic Realism genre, which although not for everybody, it is a familiar experience for those who grew up in Latin America. I deeply dislike the modern version of zombies, reduced to a mindless rot; in these book the topic is rooted in the original Haitian Voodoo folklore, which makes it far more interesting, it is also a fast paced, sensual, irreverent and fun read.As a bonus, I believe René Depestre is the first Haitian author I read, which makes it even more special for me (-:

  • Bianca
    2019-04-24 20:49

    This was an interesting and lyrically take on zombie literature. You're delving more into the myth of zombies and the culture involved than you are actually getting a zombie story. It may be a short read but it is a long trip this book takes you on, to places that are so dark and erotic and they are light-hearted at times. Everything about this book called out to me to read it, from the cover to the back summary, and I'm glad I did. Just reading the pages about the carnival during Hadriana wake, make me want to book a trip to Haiti right away.

  • Christiana Daniela
    2019-05-09 18:51

    Ooh, I loved this book! I found the writing style lyrical and enchanting. I'm not very well read on anything Haiti or voodoo and found the novel as a whole fascinating. Additionally, the way the novel tackles human sexuality was like nothing I had been exposed to. I've been reflecting on how I, as an white American raised in a semi-Protestant home, was exposed(///not exposed) to sexual identities.

  • Paul Wambua
    2019-04-28 19:07

    I found this book slow and confusing at the beginning but once settled on the Haitian words and the story, things start to move pretty fast. This is a book about voodoo, zombies and life in Haiti in the 30's. Well written in two perspectives, one being that of the zombified voodoo victim. Interesting.

  • Amy
    2019-05-09 22:12

    I hated this book for the first 3/4 of it, but wanted to finish it since it was so short. While reading the last of it, though, I was able to appreciate it a lot more. I think I initially didn't like it because voodoo is a foreign idea to me so I didn't understand a lot of what was happening.

  • Judy G
    2019-05-04 23:12

    What a magical book. To read it let go of all beliefs and assumptions. Its a beautiful book rooted in the culture and world of Haiti years past. It was written originally in 1988 and this is a new translation. Joyful

  • Linda
    2019-05-14 00:50

    A lovely translation by Kaima Glover infused with the flavor of Voudoun and southern Haiti.

  • kasia
    2019-05-15 17:56

    Lush, sensual, and with some unexpected turns - yes, it's the conflict of tradition and modernity, but done in a more-than-usually interesting way.

  • J.R. Forasteros
    2019-05-02 20:53

    A strange take on zombies that explores the Hatian roots. It's at once literary and profane. I definitely enjoyed it, but it is easily the most atypical zombie novel I've ever read.

  • Christina
    2019-04-24 19:09

    I kept flipping between 2 and 3 stars. I disliked more chapters than I liked.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-22 17:50

    Wonderful taleI found it hard to tear myself away from this tale of love and vodoo. So glad amazon recommended it!

  • Kaushik Iyer
    2019-05-08 19:43

    Well that was different. Read as part of my goal this year to read more in translation.If you'd like to stretch yourself and get a taste of Haitian literature, recommended.

  • Noelle
    2019-05-12 23:04

    Fascinating in its uniqueness. It was a treat to read all the details about Haiti during that time.

  • Bastien
    2019-05-14 19:49

    3.5; Depestre would have done better to follow Hadriana's tale rather than the narrator's

  • Emily Purcell
    2019-05-16 23:50

    A very different kind of Zombie novel, set in Haiti.

  • Marc
    2019-04-22 22:51

    Beautiful parable of Hadrian's Siloé, a 18-year-old white Francaise that lives in Jacmel (Southern Haiti) and on the day of her wedding, seems to drop dead before the altar. And then she leads a so-called zombie-existence and especially pursues the author on his long voyage away from his homeland.Many surrealist elements, drawn from the Haitian imagination. Also very interesting documentary about the zombie phenomenon and about the clash between Catholicism and voodoo.