El novelista y poeta francófono Édouard Glissant, una de las voces literarias más poderosas del mundo antillano, configura en Faulkner, Mississippi una aproximación al mundo y la obra del autor de El sonido y la furia. Para Glissant, William Faulkner reconstruyó -y le encontró una razón literaria de ser- a ese orgulloso Sur que sufrió el martirio de una derrota humillante. Según el ensayista, el famoso novelista estadunidense indagaba las causas que llevaron al mundo sureño a una lenta e inexorable condena.
In this brief, densely written, but unfortunately somewhat turgid volume, Glissant surveys the entirety of Faulkner's fiction to explore not only the relatively familiar themes of violence, the fall of the Old South (Compsons) and rise of the New (Snopeses), territorial conquest and ownership, community, and ancestry but also the manifestations of the Nobel prize winner's seldom-noted equivocations over racism in the South. Glissant does not organize his discussion around the various works but rather around the main themes he finds in Faulkner's fiction. A well-known black writer from Martinique for whom English is a second language, he demonstrates both an astonishing familiarity with the most minute particulars of the whole range of Faulkner's work on the American South and a remarkable ear for the different styles Faulkner used--differences that may be more noticeable to a nonnative speaker. Touted by its publisher as a "highly original new book," Faulkner, Mississippi is just that. Highly recommended for academic libraries with extensive Faulkner collections.--Charles Crawford Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, MO Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.