Rémy Péru-Dumesnil and Nicol Smith, Black Martinique Red Guiana

Rémy Péru-Dumesnil and Nicol Smith, Black Martinique Red Guiana
Rémy Péru-Dumesnil and Nicol Smith, Black Martinique Red Guiana

Halfway between testimony and travelogue, Black Martinique – Red Guiana was published in 1942 by the Bobbs Merrill Company by the Californian adventurer, speaker, writer and secret agent Nicol Smith. Divided into three parts, the work first relates the passage to Martinique of Nicol Smith and his photographer, Loren Tutell, then retraces their stay in Guyana, a journey which occupies the majority of the work. In addition to its relevance in terms of historical, the story reveals a singular universe, in an unstable era, in an accessible style, embellished with a deadpan humor which tends readily towards self-deprecation. Black Martinique – Red Guiana is therefore not exclusively intended for history enthusiasts but for all those who are curious to know what an American says about Guyana in the 1930s and 1940s.

Summary :

Foreword……………………………………….. ……………………………7
Preface…………………………………………. …………………………………11
Part I: Martinique…………………………………….. ………………15
Chapter I:
The snake priest……………………………………… …………………….17
Chapter II:
Somewhat west of Paris…………………………………….. ……..37
Chapter III:
On the importance of clean laundry……………………………………….. …..55
Chapter IV:
Miss Adrienne………………………………………… ………….73
Chapter V:
Yo, ho, ho and so on…………………………………. …………….89
Part II: Guyana……………………………………… ……………..105
Chapter VI:
“Come here for a moment!”…………………………………….. ……………107
Chapter VII:
The “R hodnius Prolixus”…………………………….. ………….123
Chapter VIII:
We are part of good society……………………………………… 137
Chapter IX:
A captain of assassins…………………………………. …………..149
Chapter X:
Guyana customs officers……………………………………………….. ………….161
Chapter XI:
“Goodbye and thank you”…………………………….. ……………….165
Chapter XII:
My defeat at poker………………………………………. ……………….181
Chapter XIII:
The witch doctor……………………………………… ……………….195
Chapter XIV xiv:
Street boys………………………………………. …………………….209
Chapter XV xv:
The five glass cake jars………………………………….223
Chapter XVI:
The rocks of Kourou……………………………………… …………..235
Chapter XVII:
The man in the tiger…………………………………….. ……………..251
Chapter XVIII:
The man who wanted
ruin America……………………………………… ……………..261
Chapter XIX:
The golden bells……………………………………… …………………….279
Part III: Madame Duez…………………………………….. ……….291
Chapter XX:
M’sieu Perronnet’s daughter……………………………………….. ………293
Chapter XXI:
On the honor of a gentleman…………………………………….. ……305
Chapter XXII:
Twelve years of silence……………………………………… ………….321
Chapter XXIII:
“The end of my life”…………………………….. …………………….329

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