Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History (Paperback)

Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History By C.L.R. James, Nic Watts (Adapted by), Sakina Karimjee (Adapted by) Cover Image

Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History (Paperback)

By C.L.R. James, Nic Watts (Adapted by), Sakina Karimjee (Adapted by)

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A STIRRING GRAPHIC NOVEL OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION

The end of slavery started in what was then San Domingo. In 1791, the enslaved people of themost prized French sugar plantation colony revolted against their masters. For over twelveyears, against a backdrop of the French Revolution, they fought an epic black liberation strugglefor control of the island. Theirs was the first and only successful slave revolution. It was thecreation of Haiti as a nation, the first independent black republic outside of Africa, and aninternational inspiration to the persecuted and enslaved. This is the impassioned andbeautifully drawn story of the Haitian Revolution and its incredible leader: ToussaintLouverture.

The text of this graphic novel is a play by C. L. R. James that opened in London in 1936 with PaulRobeson in the title role. For the first time, black actors appeared on the British stage in a workby a black playwright. The script had been lost for almost seventy years when a draft copy wasdiscovered among James’s archives. Now this extraordinary drama has been reimagined byartists Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee.
The polymath intellectual and Trinidadian revolutionary C. L. R. James is perhaps best known asthe author of the seminal history of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins, published in 1938.

Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee are artists based in the UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781788737906
ISBN-10: 1788737903
Publisher: Verso
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English
"One of the year's top works of nonfiction."
—Rob Salkowitz, Best Graphic Novels Of 2023, Forbes

"A very intense treatment of the uprising in Haiti that paralleled and deeply involved the French Revolution."
Best Books of 2023, Comics Grinder

"The adaptation is exciting, educational, and the perfect gift for the lefties in your life."
—Hank Kennedy, The Best of 2023, The Comics Journal

"The drawings are fantastic and the energy palpable on every page."
—Joe Sacco, journalist and comic book artist, author of Palestine

"A marvellous adaptation of one of the most important black history and slave history books ever written. C.L.R. James would be delighted."
—Paul Buhle, authorized biographer of C. L. R. James and editor of more than twenty radical history graphic novels

"An epic work of graphic history – a compelling, dramatic, detailed, delicate, and human rendition of this incredible tale of resistance"
—Kate Evans, author of Red Rosa: The Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg

"The inspiring spirit of the men, women and children who made the Haitian Revolution has been beautifully and vividly brought to life as never before. This extraordinary work is a wonderful tribute to not only C. L. R. James but also to the greatest ever movement to demand Black Lives Matter."
—Christian Høgsbjerg, co-author of Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions

"A historically important story, cinematic drawings, a powerful work."
—Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage

"The basis for this graphic novel is C. L. R. James' 1934 play, adapted by Watts and Karimjee; readers who don't know what to expect from the graphic-novel adaptation of a play will be pleased with the result...An important piece of history that shouldn't be forgotten."
Booklist

"Adapting C.L.R. James's 1934 play, Karimjee and Watts's evocative black-and-white drawings channel the rebellious spirit of the Haitian Revolution in its fight for Black liberation."
The New York Times Book Review

"This fiery primer offers education and insights into Haiti's fight for independence."
Publishers Weekly

"This is the impassioned and beautifully drawn story of the Haitian Revolution and its incredible leader: Toussaint Louverture"
Comics Beat

"Their illustrations do justice to the original work, beautifully rendered and depicting dynamic characters and exciting drama."
Keith Harris History

"The comic book format, constantly zooming out to the big picture and in on the details, proves immensely suited to the complex parallels between personal and universal struggles around which James's play revolves."
—Mark Rappolt, Art Review

"This is quite a comic! A very intense treatment of the uprising in Haiti that paralleled and deeply involved the French Revolution and yet was treated for centuries as a mere sidebar to world events. Readers will need to think hard, even now, about the reasons why."
—Paul Buhle, Comics Grinder

"The caricaturing at work in Toussaint Louverture is impressive. Each character has a distinct, stylized, expressive face ... While the aim of this volume is educational, entertainment is not forgotten."
The Comics Journal

"Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee's brilliant graphic novelisation of CLR James own stage adaptation of his book The Black Jacobins will both inspire and convince that, whatever the circumstances, change is possible."
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