Revenge: A Tale of Old Jamaica (Hardcover)

Revenge: A Tale of Old Jamaica By H. G. de Lisser, Mint Editions (Contribution by) Cover Image
By H. G. de Lisser, Mint Editions (Contribution by)


Revenge: A Tale of Old Jamaica (1919) is a novel by H. G. de Lisser. Born and raised in Jamaica, H. G. de Lisser was one of the leading Caribbean writers of the early twentieth century. Concerned with issues of race, urban life, and modernization, de Lisser dedicated his career to representing the lives and concerns of poor and middle-class Jamaicans. In Revenge: A Tale of Old Jamaica, de Lisser portrays the deadly Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865, a protest by poor black laborers unsatisfied with the economic and political establishment and the widespread lack of opportunity for freedmen in Jamaica. In response to a period of scarcity brought on by drought and disease, as well as to acts of police brutality against peaceful protestors, a group of several hundred Jamaicans led by Paul Bogle took to the streets in an effort to fight for their rights. In de Lisser's fictionalized version of events, he explores the experiences of white and black Jamaicans in the days leading up to the violence. As signs of unrest grow impossible to ignore, those in power prove more than willing to reject the pleas of the oppressed, writing their anger off as nothing more than a passing phase. Seated on their veranda overlooking the mountains of the Jamaican countryside, the Carlton family observes a series of fires growing in the nearby hills. While the women see them as a sign of violence to come, the men seem entirely unphased by the threat of an uprising. In response to his mother's fears, Dick Carlton attempts to calm her: "'Our people are just now passing through one of their periodical fits of depression, and you will probably hear them expressing fears of negro uprisings and all that sort of thing ...] and you may be frightened. Don't allow yourself to be. The danger is purely imaginary.'" As night falls with no end to the fires, however, and as the songs and cries of the oppressed grow closer, his sense of security will prove a foolish thing indeed. This edition of H. G. de Lisser's Revenge: A Tale of Old Jamaica is a classic of Jamaican literature reimagined for modern readers.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781513209395
ISBN-10: 1513209396
Publisher: Mint Editions
Publication Date: August 10th, 2021
Pages: 200
Language: English