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This chapter is a study of Michelle Cliff’s Clare Savage novels as an attempt to initiate a new time for the Jamaican people who inhabit a place that has been deformed by the temporal calculations and technologies of colonial sugar capital and postcolonial tourist capital. Cliff suggests that the revival of precolonial history and its cultural traditions can stimulate revolutionary consciousness and facilitate the Jamaican people’s emergence as an autonomous subject. The chapter suggests that Cliff’s acknowledgment of the impossibility of revolution in contemporary global capitalism suggests that the primary force for opening new worlds is the inhuman gift of time.

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