No. 15 • February 2008

Image above: Detail of Doce cuchillos (Twelve Knives) (1983), by José Braulio Bedia Valdés; mixed media on cardboard, 30 x 20 inches; courtesy the artist and Patricia and Howard Farber


Wonder boy
Marlon James on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

What Vidia saw
Brendan de Caires on A Writer’s People: Ways of Looking and Feeling, by V.S. Naipaul

Soul stories
Melanie Archer on The Storyteller, by Roberta Stoddart

Second coming
Jeremy Taylor on Che in Verse, ed. Gavin O’Toole and Georgina Jiménez

Black rain
Annie Paul on The Rainmaker’s Mistake, by Erna Brodber

The lives of others
Melissa Richards on Four Taxis Facing North, by Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Brotherhood of the boat
John T. Gilmore on The First Crossing, Being the Diary of Theophilus Richmond

Outside in
Nicholas Laughlin on Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds, ed. Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester, and Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz

• Robert Edison Sandiford on Chameleon and Other Stories, by Jane Bryce
• Dylan Kerrigan on Indo-Caribbean Indenture: Resistance and Accommodation, 1938–1920, by Lomarsh Roopnarine
• Andre Bagoo on Walking, by Joanne Haynes

Other new and recent books


The 2007 CRB books of the year
The CRB’s editors recommend nine stand-out books from last year

Into the wild

“I’m my own fukú”
Junot Díaz talks to Giselle Rodriguez Cid about his literary alter egos and following Dominican literature online

Maria-Teresa and Janchi
An excerpt from the novel A Stranger on Earth, by Boeli van Leeuwen, trans. Olga E. Rojer and Joseph O. Aimone

Kei Miller on being, or not being, a slam poet
Tobias S. Buckell on being, if not looking, Caribbean

• La Fantasie, by Marlon Griffith, Jaime Lee Loy, and Nikolai Noel
• Cuba Avant-Garde, at the Harn Museum of Art

• Prometheus, by Ishion Hutchinson
• Waiting for Rain, by Tanya Shirley
• On Not Writing As a West Indian Woman, by Vahni Capildeo