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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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The Commonplace amid the Catastrophic

The Commonplace amid the Catastrophic

(Tales from Nine Months Out)

(p.154) 19 The Commonplace amid the Catastrophic
Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on the state of affairs in Haiti nine months after the earthquake. Amid the pall of suffering caused by the earthquake, everything seemed normal in Haiti. People fell in love, relaxed in the shade, hung out in the courtyard in the evening, talked about the goings-on in the neighborhood or village or the latest government scandal, and took pride in their homeland. In the countryside, one could especially forget for a while the effects of the calamity. Disaster-struck areas were still open to opportunities to kick back, celebrate life, and just go about daily business. The author shares her random observations from a Sunday in Port-au-Prince as she took a walk in the neighborhood, from residents coming together from their nearby shattered houses to re-create community and help each other make the best of a crisis, to people talking about Haitian politics and especially political parties.

Keywords:   earthquake, Haiti, countryside, Port-au-Prince, neighborhood, community, politics, political parties

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