Prize winning novel of the second Latin American contest, this embodies the rural life and customs and the Negro-peasant mentality of Haiti. There is Aladin who breaks with Sanite, the woman with whom he had lived, so that he might win Florina, but whose ambitions are thwarted by the evil spirits, particularly those of Touton Bossa, suspected of turning his sons into zombis in exchange for wealth. Touton's suicide, Florina's preference for Jose, the interference of Judge Dor, chief of police, all press Aladin nearer the border of insanity until he murders Florida and Jose disappears. Judge Dor is disgraced and dies, a man possessed, accusing himself of all the trouble. Implacable gods, island life from the inside, an authentic, rather than sensational novel.