By Herbert Gold
5 a long time in the past, award-winning writer Herbert Gold traveled to Haiti on a Caribbean model of the Fulbright Scholarship. the adventure proved to be a turning element in his lifestyles. Fifty years later, his attachment to the tiny Caribbean nation-his moment home-remains as passionate and robust as ever. Now, in top Nightmare in the world, he explores the key lifetime of this shiny, risky, violent land. -Beautiful...bizarre...dangerous...exotic, a backyard of Eden fallen into depression, a tiny kingdom of unbelievable distress and unpredictable grace, an island the place lifestyles is one of those literature, a global of -unlimited impossibility.- this can be Herbert Gold's Haiti, a rustic of striking paradox and noteworthy extremes-of gingerbread dream homes and wretched slums, of brutal repression and explosive inventive power. the place else, he asks, are you able to run into evil spirits at the again roads, or locate the goddess of fertility and orgasm represented via a photograph of a tap-dancing Shirley Temple? the place else is there such generosity amid such corruption, such humor in the middle of such desperation? In his many Haitian travels, Gold has dined with Graham Greene and chatted with the hated Duvalier oppressors. He has traded tales with CIA saboteurs, former Nazis, rum-soaked diplomats, and voodoo clergymen. He has taken within the cockfights and searched for pirate treasure. He has approximately died of malaria; he has confronted machete-wielding gangs of Ton-Ton Macoutes. He the site visitors in Haitian blood to American hospitals and watched the AIDS epidemic take its toll. He listened to the regular beat of drums rolling down mist-shrouded mountains, and shared within the flirting, consuming, and laughter of the streets. He has captured the essence of this land the place tragedy is the track the folk dance to. Herbert Gold displays at the country's heritage and politics, tradition and folklore, yet sees even more. He sees Haiti in the course of the eyes of a lover: impassioned, jealous, probing, ever alert, and alive. This booklet may be of curiosity to tourists to, and folks drawn to the issues of, Haiti and the Caribbean; and creditors of Haitian art.