Liam said: Tropic Death is vivid, lyrical, harshly real and at times quite moving. Eric Walrond (–), in his only book, injected a profound Caribbean. Eric Walrond’s short story collection, Tropic Death is a black modernist masterpiece that portrays Colón, the Atlantic terminus of the Panama Canal, as an. Finally available after three decades, a lost classic of the Harlem Renaissance that Langston Hughes acclaimed for its “hard poetic beauty.” Eric Walrond.

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Description Eric Walrondin his only book, injected a profound Caribbean sensibility into black literature.

And the otherwise bland gothic tale “The Vampire Bat” is improved greatly by the interplay of the war hero protagonist’s expectation of a glorious return to his Barbados estate and the thinly veiled rancor with which he is received by his former servants and acquaintances.


The Last Warner Woman. The cast is mainly black, the short stories covering towns in Hondouras, Barbadoes, Guinea and Panama. The marine, a nameless, khaki-clad white Aalrond, turns on him: This book of stories viscerally charts the days of men working stone quarries or building the Panama Canal, of women tending gardens and rearing needy children. His use of the short story collection reinforces his grim theme with inexorable repetition but also facilitates his multifaceted and panoramic vision of Caribbean identity.

Laura Benton rated it liked it Jun 10, It dug deep down, too, far into the recesses of its sprawling cosmos. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Despite his early celebrity, walrod died in London in with minimal recognition given to his passing. Write a customer review. He made a lasting contribution to literature, his most famous book being Tropic Deathpublished in New York City in when he was 28; wallrond remains in print today as a classic of its era.


The men sang—blacks, Island blacks—Turks Island, St. Singly, red-bloodedly one wzlrond it.

If Walrond’s goal was tragedy he misses the mark far more often than he hits. A familiar scene, perhaps, but rendered with a signal difference. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The collection is remarkable for its grotesque descriptions of the tropicc, landscape, and events, and for its explicit invocation of the lacunae and distortion of the colonial archive.

Walrond was no stranger to Harlem literary and social circles. There is so much dispute and grievance and aggressive heat in the book that it’s a fairly downbeat experience, all round. His grave lies on a path edge in the southern section. A series of such juxtaposed fragments suggests relationships that would not otherwise be perceivable. He pays for this transgression with his life, and evidence of his murder is promptly erased from the record.

Short stories, really good. Twitter Facebook Google Like this: This book of stories viscerally charts the days of men working stone quarries or building the Panama Canal, of women tending gardens and rearing needy children. Petrina rated it really liked it May 19, It colored the water in the ponds a fierce dull yellowish gold.

Reviewer Oscar Villalon says the stories are “disturbing reminders of how utterly vulnerable we are to the injustices of the heart and of community. To begin with, Tropic Death challenges triumphant Caribbean narratives of isthmian migration.

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Walrond himself was a product of isthmian migration. It fried sores and baked bunions, browned and blackened faces, reddened and blistered eyes. In the story, Maffi, a young Trinidadian immigrant is expert in its rituals, and she attempts to use Obeah to punish Philip for paying attention to another woman.

When Eric was aged eight, his father left, and he moved with his mother, Ruth, to live with relatives in Barbados, where he attended St. You are commenting using your WordPress. Here is an extract from the beginning of the short story “The White Snake”: Walrond is included in most major anthologies of African American and Caribbean literature, and he is mentioned albeit in passing in major literary histories of the Harlem Renaissance.

‘Tropic Death’ Presents Life’s Horrors In Beautiful Prose

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Wade, Arnold Rampersad, and James Davis. From the beginning of the twentieth century, when Garvey first observed the segregated conditions walrlnd black Caribbean workers employed by the United States in the construction of the Panama Canal or when Briggs reported on the military force of the United Sates in the invasion of Haiti, American racial and national doctrine has shaped the development of Caribbean identity.

Arnold Rampersad’s elegant introduction reclaims this classic work and positions Walrond alongside the prominent writers of his age. Above all, these challenges serve a productive, revisionary purpose, revealing the need for new conceptual tools to navigate the landscape of black deatu modernity.