"Trinidad Noir: The Classics asks readers to reconsider the postcolonial condition in the forty-five years after independence."
"There can be little doubt...that this represents a good range of literary shapshots of Trinidad, giving clues to its distinct character."
"Each story is magnetic."
--New York Journal of Books
"A dazzling sample of the talent that makes Trinidad and Tobago so unique...The book is a display of wide-ranging styles and great talents, giving a sense of the remarkable diversity of such a small island."
"The first installment of Trinidad Noir (2008) revealed a dark, incessant heart beating beneath the public and private carapaces of contemporary T&T. This second offering delivers nineteen stories from a cadre of writers, the majority of whom emerged as established voices in the republic's march towards Independence...These stories sing of a fractured, fascinating land."
--Caribbean Beat Magazine
"There is enough cynicism, fatalism, and ambiguity in most of these stories to satisfy the most dedicated of noir aficionados; if some of them lack hard-boiled cynical characters, they make up for it in bleak settings, and vice versa. Most if not all of the stories deal either directly or indirectly with the legacies of slavery, indenture, and colonialism."
--The Caribbean Writer
"Every story speaks to you...Trinidad Noir is an inimitable work of art, a classical expose of the island's literary giants. For all its color it never falls short on its singular statement that the Caribbean people remain a distinctively creative force, a force that has ensured their survival."
--Kaieteur News (Guyana)
Two of Trinidad’s top writers masterfully curate this literary retrospective of the nation’s best writing over the past century from authors who were largely part of the literary wave that swept in with Trinidadian Independence in 1962. Though Trinidad Noir: The Classics encompasses a variety of moods and themes, it winds up capturing the uniquely Trinidadian character. Influenced by the waning days of the colonial world—an era rife with crime, violence, enslavement, and indentureship—the selections highlight the often heroic individuals of the underclass.
In this anthology, you’ll find reprints of classic stories and poems by C.L.R. James, Derek Walcott, Samuel Selvon, Eric Roach, V.S. Naipaul, Harold Sonny Ladoo, Michael Anthony, Willi Chen, Earl Lovelace, Robert Antoni, Elizabeth Nunez, Ismith Khan, Lawrence Scott, Wayne Brown, Jennifer Rahim, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Sharon Millar, Barbara Jenkins, and Shani Mootoo.
“Lovelace and Antoni offer a ‘subversive’ take on island culture . . . Whether history repeats itself or progress is stalled by people’s infinite capacity to get in their own ways, these 19 reprinted tales offer a bittersweet perspective on the cussedness of human nature.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Holds strong appeal for fans of noir and literary writing.” —Library Journal