Jacques Roumain


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Jacques Roumain (June 4, 1907 – August 18, 1944) was a Haitian writer, politician, and advocate of Marxism. He is considered one of the most prominent figures in Haitian literature. Although poorly known in the English-speaking world, Roumain has significant following in Europe, and is renowned in the Caribbean and Latin America. The great African-American poet, Langston Hughes, translated some of... more »

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  • ''Misfortune is never invited. And it comes and sits at the table without permission and it eats, leaving nothing but bones.''
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Antoine in Masters of the Dew, p. 166, L...
  • ''I don't want to listen; your words sound like the truth but the truth is probably a sin.''
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Délira in Masters of the Dew, p. 36, Les...
  • Manuel showed her his open hand: "Look at this finger, how meager it seems, and this one even weaker, and this other one no stronger, and this one all by himself and on his own."
    Then he made ...
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author,ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Manuel in Masters of the Dew, p. 86, Les ...
  • Peasants are a rude lot, and hard: life has hardened their hearts, but they are thick and awkward only in appearance; you have to know them. No one is more sensitive to what gives man the right to cal...
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 185, Les Éditeurs Franç...
  • ''And at dawn, the drums still beat on the sleepless plain like an unstoppable heart.''
    Jacques Roumain (1907-1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 67, Les Éditeurs ...
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