“See you there. In the free.” This is the closing statement in Erna Brodber's fourth novel, The Rainmaker's Mistake (2007). In the novel, Brodber creatively imagines a past for the New World present, taking advantage of the space literary speculation and science fiction offer to create a counterhistory of the present. Reading the novel through the lens of Afrofuturism and via Kamau Brathwaite's conception of a Caribbean cosmology and Sylvia Wynter's theories of aethetics, this essay examines the novel's representation of “the free”: a rapidly changing present existing simultaneously with an imaginary past and slippery future, all unmediated by physical geography.
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Kelly Baker Josephs; Beyond Geography, Past Time: Afrofuturism, The Rainmaker's Mistake, and Caribbean Studies. Small Axe 1 July 2013; 17 (2 (41)): 123–135. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-2323355
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