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Victor Hugos Bug-Jargal (1826) is one of the most important works of nineteenth-century colonial fiction, and quite possibly the most sustained novelistic treatment of the Haitian Revolution by a major European author. This Broadview edition makes Hugos novel available in a completely new English translation, the first in over one hundred years. Set in 1791, during the first months of a slave revolt that would eventually lead to the creation of the black republic of Haiti in 1804, Bug-Jargal is a stirring tale of interracial friendship and rivalry, a provocative account of the ties that bind a young Frenchman to one of the rebel leaders and the tragic misunderstandings that threaten to sever those ties completely.
This Broadview edition contains a critical introduction and a broad selection of appendices, including Hugos never-before-translated 1820 short story Bug-Jargal, contemporary reviews of the novel, documents pertaining to the young Hugos poetics and politics, and selections from his source materials about the Haitian Revolution.