Trinidad and Tobago / 1979
"Carnival takes on social and political importance in this recognized classic. The people of the shantytown Calvary Hill, usually invisible to the rest of society, join the throng and flaunt their neighborhood personas in masquerade during Carnival. Aldrick, the dashing "king of the Hill," becomes a glorious, dancing dragon. (But) for Aldrick, it will take one more masquerade—this time, involving guns and hostages—before the illusion of power becomes reality." — GoodReads. Earl Lovelace is one of Trinidad's premier novelists. He recently co-edited Trinidad Noir: The Classics, an anthology of writings from Trinidad.