Considered the founding book of North American Indian literature, A house made of dawn always deserves its place in the sun.
With the incredible amount of novels published each year, we don’t really see how it would be possible to get to read everything. Not to mention the books that manage to stand the test of time and are regularly republished …
So, we should surely not be the only ones to discover only now The house of dawn which, in this brand new translation, is called instead A house made of dawn. Eminently poetic, it is also this title taken from a Navajo healing song that piqued our curiosity. That and the scarlet band on the cover page, which states that this great classic of American literature won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Between two worlds
The novel begins in July 1945, as Abel finally returns in the pueblo from New Mexico where his grandfather, Francisco, an old Kiowa Indian, still lives. From the outside, Abel looks pretty much untouched. But inside, he’s completely upside down. And to try to remedy it, he has found nothing better than alcohol.
It will take a little time before being able to grasp the reasons for this drift, the story of Abel, broken up into short stories, not being told chronologically. But even if we sometimes have the impression of losing ourselves completely, it is a book that is worth reading: in the end, we learn a lot of things about the daily life, traditions and ancestral rites of the Amerindians of the south. of the United States, soon to be extinct.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116