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The chapter is made up of the afterword to the Italian edition of The Black Jacobins (December 2005). It is translated and published here in English for the first time. Written by the respected novelist of the Haitian Revolution Madison Smartt Bell, the chapter describes the writer’s encounter with The Black Jacobins and the way that the text has sustained an enduring fascination with Toussaint Louverture. The author discusses the Marxist historiography at the heart of the text, and also James’s indebtedness to English literature. His conclusions explore the continued resonance of James’s central thesis in a contemporary political frame.

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