Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Adieu, Gérard Barthélemy
The anthropologist and writer Gérard Barthélemy, who surveyed Haiti for over 20 years with a perceptive lens, passed away in France last week. The author of such books as L’univers rural haïtien : le pays en dehors and Dans la splendeur d’un après-midi d’histoire, Barthélemy is the subject of a thoughtful tributes on the AlterPresse website here and on the site of his publisher, Vents d'Ailleurs, here. In an era when too much fake scholarship on Haiti and lazy, unengaged academia passes for serious research on the subject, Gérard Barthélemy will be remembered as a true authority on the development on this much-beloved and troubled land.