By Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss
During this masterful selection of brief tales, a celebrated Cuban author maintains his ingenious exploration of the genesis of the fashionable Caribbean global.
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This battered groupthe slave follows them with his eyesmakes its difficult way back. When they reach the top of the mound, the tamemes pause to catch their breath. Page 28 To make their climb easier, they have slung their baskets over their backs: their silhouettes, etched into the evening light, are as still and gloomy as crosses in a cemetery. The slave, after examining the bruise on his shoulder, tries to stuff his bushy head, white with dust, into the dead soldier's helmet. He tosses it away in disgust, and the noise of the metal on the stones has a timbre of sandy desolation.
And crossing his arms on the table, he lays down his head. The drumroll, a bit disheveled by the morning breeze, enters the house like a whirl of cranes. Hawkins blinks, clears his throat, and putting his hands behind his neck, straightens his spine. Then he passes a benevolent look over his pages' bodies, bound together in sleep over one of Don Miguel's capes, and he pours himself a glass of wine. He takes a sip, but this time he doesn't seem to savor the malvesie with the usual pleasure, as if that hazy night of apprehension had diminished its flavor.
First Hawkins's attention and then Don Miguel's is drawn by Page 22 a distant hubbub coming from an English pinnace. The boat cuts through the rapid current by means of oars, and Hawkins thinks he recognizes, standing at the poop, the corpulent figure of Job Hortop, the Angel's gunner who, egged on by his joking comrades, is trying to toss something overboard, something that struggles and hinders him. The stifled barking tells Hawkins that it's the black dog that Hortop, as his only booty, had taken from the village church and which he had baptized "Slave" in a comic ceremony of lifted cassocks and tavern songs.
A View from the Mangrove by Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss