La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-two)               Behind the façade where they affix the grandiloquent political programs, there is this. The negro can no longer feed the white and the mulatto. Or, the white does not want to die, and the mulatto would like to live. This […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty-one

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty-one)               Another captain, when he came before Saint-Pierre in the same conditions; when he saw the volcano, once he knew it had ruined the city, had not wanted even to go to Fort-de-France. This was the captain of the Mariette, of […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: twenty

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twenty)               Mr. Thompson said that he flew into his chamber, while the steamer was heaving, and the masts and stacks were falling into the water. “The eyes, the ears, the mouth, the clothing, of those who’d been on deck were full […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: nineteen

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (nineteen)               Towards nine in the morning, during a lightening of cover, M. Marie-Sainte could clearly distinguish Mt. Pelée reduced by at least three hundred meters, the crest sheared off, the flanks widely cracked. Surrounded by the survivors of his former crew, […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: eighteen

Posted by ractrose on 16 Aug 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (eighteen)                       XIII. The Ships’ Crews in the Harbor  The Roddam; the Gabrielle; the Roraima The nightmare of the sailors   The harbor of Saint-Pierre, as always in this era of great cargoes of sugar and rum, was […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seventeen

Posted by ractrose on 9 Aug 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seventeen)         Meanwhile, at the Secretariat general had been frequent conferences between the Secretary, the Attorney General, a few notables, and the mayor of the capital, whose incredible activity and profound pain, visible on his features, suggested we hardly knew what impressions of unhappiness and […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: sixteen

Posted by ractrose on 2 Aug 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (sixteen)                       XI. The Day of the 8th at Fort-de-France     The account of the newspaper L’Opinion.  As a journalist, it is only natural I have asked a journalist for the story of the “terrible day”.  The […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fifteen

Posted by ractrose on 26 Jul 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fifteen)                 “I saw from my window a thick cloud come out of the volcano. Its base reached as far as the peaks of Carbet. The summit’s billowing invaded the entire sky, to more or less six thousand meters. The cloud […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: fourteen

Posted by ractrose on 19 Jul 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (fourteen)             “They followed, one upon another in a furious push, these black waves. One upon another in thunder, making the sea recoil. Shards…swirling… A sloop is projected 150 meters and comes to kill at my side one of my foremen. “I go […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: thirteen

Posted by ractrose on 12 Jul 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (thirteen)                         Those Who Have Seen    VIII. Some Interviews   How was the destruction at Saint-Pierre accomplished? By what force were they thrown to earth, set afire, these ruins through which, in so sorrowful a promenade, […]