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Hell: ‘Whatever you fear most…’ an oustanding Edwidge Danticat’s folk story!

I am reading Edwige Danticat. Her recent memoir “Brother, I’m dying” is amazing. She tells her family story in poignant way. She combines her story with the story of her dad, her uncle, her countries, her travels, her neighborhood, her free herself, and to free us as well to tell our own story, and to live the life we want.

She used the power of words to include  folktales, stories that she heard from her parents to make good learning lessons from life.

“Hell” is one of those stories told by Danticat’s Granmè Melina.

12501577_114057308995588_315286960_n(1)Here is the story. Enjoy… And share with friends, fans, and family.

A man, one day fell asleep and woke up in a foreign land where he knew no one and no one knew him. Finding himself on his back in the middle of a dirt road, filled with strangers, he looked up at the blurry faces around him, which were framed by a gloomy gray sky, and asked, “Where am I?”

“You’re where you are,” answered a booming voice.

“Where’s that?” he asked.

“Where you need to be,” replied the voice.

“I din’t ask to be here,” the man said, “wherever it is.”

“No matter how you ended up here,” said the voice, “here you are.”

Tired about the roundabout conversation, the man said, “I want you to tell me right now where I am. If you don’t, I’m going to be angry.”

“Who cares about your anger?” answered the voice. “No one is scared of you here.”

Truly upset now, the man said, “Tell me where I am right now!”

“You are in Hell,” replied the voice.

And since these were long time ago, the man didn’t know what hell was, even though he could already see that it was not a happy place.

“What is hell?” he asked.

“Hell”, replied the voice, “is whatever you fear most.”

A story told by Edwige Dandicat in “Brother, I’m dying.” Thanks again Edwige to share with us the power of words and storytelling.

Roosevelt Jean-Francois

Fulbright Scholar, Connector, Speaker






4 responses to “Hell: ‘Whatever you fear most…’ an oustanding Edwidge Danticat’s folk story!”

  1. Marie Evangeline Roussel Avatar
    Marie Evangeline Roussel

    Thank you for sharing Roosevelt….. it is always a delight reading your posts/lines! Keep them coming my friend~ Evangéline

    “People don’t believe that I have the physical capability to play at this level, but again I plan to prove them wrong” – @jd_roussel #PPW

    Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:37:28 +0000 To:

  2. Hubert Odias Avatar
    Hubert Odias

    Great story ever told by Edwidge Danticat. It is about a man who finds himself in an unknown place. Thank you for bringing up the work of Danticat, a Haitian author. Keep up the good work.

  3. Nekita Lamour Avatar
    Nekita Lamour

    I read this beautiful story when it came out couple years ago. Powerful and well written story. I couldn’t put the book down. Thank you for sharing your insights.

  4. Montus Desulma Avatar
    Montus Desulma

    Thanks Roosevelt for sharing.That reminds me of an idea that I used to cherish in 1988-1989, which is :The fact you came to exist is a risk. So, there”s no need to be afraid of investing.

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