Nineteen Thirty-Seven is a short story written by Edwidge Danticat published in 1996 as a collection of short stories entitled Krik? Krak!.

While living with her aunt and uncle in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, Danticat learnt Haitian storytelling traditions, which is why the publication is given its name. In Haitian tradition people make a request to tell a story by saying “Krik” and the enthusiastic listeners reply by say “Krak”.

Danticat uses this collection of stories as a vehicle to “write back”. Most of the stories in the collection have female protagonist each trying to understand their place in the world in terms of their mothers’ and ancestors’ experiences, while passing on these experiences on to their children in order to keep the family history alive. In a way she uses these short stories to give her oppressed ancestors a voice. Many aspects of 1937 speak to this notion.

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