American Civil War Dreamscape

Tennessee born writer Madison Smartt Bell was anointed early, making one of those (silly) Granta list of young authors to watch. Despite the perils of early celebrity or recognition, Bell has published about a baker’s dozen of novels, the most compelling of which I find to be his Haitian Revolutionary trilogy: All Soul’s Rising, Master of the Crossroads, and The Stone That The Builder Refused, which among other things featured the vivid and plausible character François-Dominique Toussaint L’ouverture, the amazing leader of that uprising.

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