American Silhouettes: A Tale of Anguish Volume I

American Silhouettes: A Tale of Anguish Volume I

by Christian Beres Calmejane

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This is Volume I of two volumes.

American Silhouettes is primarily a study in human character in its dealing with the adversity of life. The setting is America during the last quarter of the twentieth century. More specifically it focuses on the struggle of two generations of a small African American family whose destiny encounters more than its share of horrific tribulations. It is a window on life, love, happiness, suffering, and death of the members of this small vulnerable resilient family from the South, that moves to Washington, D.C. for a better life, only to find a very short interlude of happiness, followed by a deep plunge into another cycle of trauma and despair; not death though, that would be too easy; and when death finally does come, it is a liberation of the body and soul. The saga continues with the cycle of misfortune repeating itself in a new age, a new generation with the same finality as if their destiny had been wickedly predefined. From Bridgeville SC to Washington DC, and from Rome to Dakar, their saga brings to light the evil and virtuousness of man in its most natural occurrence, as a part of daily life. The story brings together various individuals of different and sometimes opposite background and describes either the passions of their encounters or the clashes resulting from their conflicts. It analyses the most wonderful passions of love, beauty and happiness, and juxtaposes the horrible ugliness of hate and abuse. It incorporates the duty and responsibility of man within the context of our society and dwells into the aberrations of its marginal sector. It is an interweaved matrix of emotional extremes. It demonstrates that evil has no color, no race, no religion, and that it transcends the social fabric of our society.

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ISBN-13: 9781467858694
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1
File size: 569 KB

About the Author

Christian Beres Calmejane was born in southern France during the last years of World War II. He moved to the United States as a teen in the late fifties when his father was assigned to the French Embassy in Washington. He obtained an engineering degree from a local college and worked in Manufacturing and at the Transit agency for the last forty years. Mr. Beres Calmejane has lived in and around Washington, D.C. all along. He currently resides on the west shore of the Chesapeake Bay, in North Beach. This is his first book.

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