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Down among the Dead Men

by Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel

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The story of Dany Laferriere, the narrator and writer living in exile in Montreal, who finally comes home to Haiti. Nothing is different, and yet everything has changed.

 

There is his mother, who has never left Haiti, not even for one minute, and who still performs all the rituals of old. But there is also the army of zombies that takes over the streets at night, while the American army occupies the country by day.

 

What is this country of dead men? Is every Haitian a secret citizen? Is it possible for Laferriere to cross over to that country and then return?

 

Laferriere wanders through Port-au-Prince interrogating old friends and new acquaintances. The tone becomes strident, as do the questions: Do we stay? Do we leave? What's the point? Where can we be ourselves and live like humans at the same time? In the end Laferriere decides to head for Bombardopolis, a village where you only need to eat once every three months -- a way of curing hunger? What will become of him once he gets there, and who will he be when he returns?

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Dany Laferrière est né en Haïti et a fait de Montréal, Miami et New York ses nouvelles terres d’accueil. Dany Laferrière est aussi journaliste, chroniqueur à la télévision et la radio, scénariste et réalisateur de cinéma. Il amorce sa carrière avec le succès phénoménal de son premier roman, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer. En 2006, il remporte le prix littéraire du Gouverneur général pour son livre de littérature jeunesse, Je suis fou de Vava, et en 2009 il remporte le Prix Médicis et le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal pour son roman, L’énigme du retour.
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David Homel is Homel is the author of five previous novels, one of which, The Speaking Cure, won the the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Best Fiction from the Quebec Writer’s Federation. He has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards for translation. He lives in Montreal.

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