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If another writer emerges from Haiti’s horrors to express the nation’s tragedies with a fraction of the humanity of Edwidge Danticat, consider it a second glint of sterling in that perennial cloud. In her third novel, The Dew Breaker, Danticat assembles a complex character study amid the politics of ’60s Haiti. The book’s poetic title introduces a man whose occupation was one of unthinkable brutality: He was a government torturer—or, as Danticat puts it, “just one of hundreds who had done their jobs so well that their victims were never able to speak of them again”—who is trying to begin a new life in a new place. Revisiting the author’s familiar themes of the pasage of time and the burden of memory—in a different way from 1998’s family drama Breath, Eyes, Memory—The Dew Breaker is a powerful meditation on the enduring nature of violence. Danticat talks about her nwe book at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike DeBonis)