Haïti, une traversée littéraire [Haiti, a Literary Voyage] is a new book by Louis- Philippe Dalembert and Lyonel Trouillot (Éditions Philippe Rey/Culturesfrance, Paris, 2010).
Description: Haiti is not only the country where “Négritude stood up for the first time,” in the words of Aimé Césaire. The former French colony of Saint Domingue, which became independent in 1804, has since maintained an extraordinary flourishing of literary creation. Thus, from d’Anténor Firmin (De l’égalité des races humaines) to Marie Vieux-Chauvet (Amour, Colère, Folie), along with Jean-Price Mars (Ainsi parla l’oncle) and Jacques Roumain (Gouverneurs de la rosée), the dynamism of this literature is well documented. Today, it is written in both languages of the country, French and Creole, in Haiti as well as in its diaspora. French publishing houses tout, for example, the works of Georges Castera , Dany Laferrière , Yanick Lahens , Gary Victor, Kettly March, Edwidge Danticat, Evelyne Trouillot, and many others. Haïti, une traversée littéraire presents a journey through this literature as it was created, is created, and distributed today. An anthology of selected texts by Louis -Philippe Dalembert and Lyonel Trouillot, an audio CD, and a sound archive, complete the literary journey. The audio CD includes the voices of René Depestre, Frankétienne, Emile Ollivier, the sound archives of INA plus an excerpt from “Pierrot le Noir” by Jean -Richard Laforest, Émile Ollivier, and Anthony Phelps.
The anthology was published with the collaboration of Yves Chemla, teacher, researcher, and author of La Question de l’Autre dans le roman haïtien contemporain (Ibis Rouge éditions, 2003).
Louis- Philippe Dalembert is a writer. Besides Port- au-Prince, he has lived in, Nancy, Paris, Rome, Jerusalem, Florence, and now, in Berlin. He has published numerous books of various genres including novel, short story, poetry, and essay. His most recent previous publication is Roman de Cuba (Éditions du Rocher, 2009).
Lyonel Trouillot is a writer, poet, journalist, and professor of literature. Living in the Haitian capital and having spent part of his childhood and adolescence in the United States, he has also published extensively, including six novels. His latest novel is Yanvalou pour Charlie (2009).
The entire proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards rebuilding the National Library of Haiti, in partnership with the NGO “Library without Borders.”
For more information (in French), see http://www.culturesfrance.com/evenement/Haiti-une-traversee-litteraire/evpg968.html