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The Restless

For the first time, a pivotal moment in Caribbean history is brought to light through theater director, novelist, and poet Gerty Dambury’s recent novel The Restless as she discusses a previously unacknowledged tragedy in Caribbean history.  

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4:30-6pm, Gerty Dambury will discuss her novel, gender, trauma, and uprising in Guadeloupe at the Department of French and Italian at USC.

Friday, November 9, 2018 from 3-4pm, Gerty Dambury will host a lecture and discussion at Payson Library Surfboard Room at Pepperdine University. Light refreshments and a chance to win one of five signed copies of the novel will follow the author’s lecture and discussion.

The Restless discusses the incident in May 1967 in which talks between the construction workers' union and management broke down in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) in 1967, and French gendarmes shot into the crowd of protesters, killing or injuring hundreds. Documents pertaining to this incident, which a French historian has called part of the "muted history of Guadeloupe,” were only declassified in 2016.

The Restless follows nine-year-old Émilienne, whose school teacher and father are both missing with the onset of the worker's strike. During a whole night of watch, Émilienne will be told missing parts of her country's history.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the International Studies and Languages Division, and the Pepperdine Libraries.