Eric Walrond was a singular voice of the Harlem Renaissance, and Tropic Death is his most famous work—a collection that highlights his particular strength as a writer of short fiction. Over the course of these ten stories, Walrond vividly details the punishing realities of life and labor across the Caribbean, and yet the overall effect is far from grim. These are unsentimental yet startlingly beautiful portraits of the migrant experience, full of distinctive voices striving for an audience in a seemingly implacable world. Although Walrond’s writings were unaccountably neglected in recent decades, Tropic Death’s re-emergence as a classic of modern literature has brought an important author back into the light.
Revised edition: Previously published as Tropic Death, this edition of Tropic Death (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.