New Book Wins Award: Lyonel Trouillot’s Yanvalou pour Charlie

Lyonel Trouillot’s new novel, Yanvalou pour Charlie (Actes sud, 2009), has just been awarded the Prix Wepler-Fondation La Poste, a literary prize given every November in Paris to a contemporary author of merit. Along with the honor of receiving such recognition, the author also received a prize of 10, 000 euros.

Yanvalou pour Charlie is the story of how the confrontation between Mathurin D. Saint-Fort, a young and talented, but cynical and emotionally-detached lawyer, and Charlie, a homeless adolescent orphan, changes their lives irrevocably. The façade that Mathurin had been able to carefully chisel out for himself crumbles as he must confront the demons of his own past and embark on a quest to the heart of the slums of Port-au-Prince to help Charlie. [Yanvalou is a Haitian ritual rhythm originated in Benin. Yanvalou represents the undulation of the waves as they rise and fall and also the movement of spirit Damballah, represented by a serpent.]

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Lyonel Trouillot (1956) is a professor of literature, a novelist, journalist, and poet. His many works include L’Amour avant que j’oublie, Le Livre de Marie, Rue des pas-perdus [translated by Linda Coverdale as Street of Lost Footsteps], Thérèse en mille morceaux, and Les Enfants des héros.

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