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Heading South

A Novel

by Dany Laferrière, translated by Wayne Grady

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A steamy exploration of desire and sexual tourism by the author of How to Make Love to a Negro.

 

On the sun-drenched island of Haiti in the 1970s, under the shadow of "Baby Doc" Duvalier's notorious regime, locals eke out an existence as servants, bartenders and panderers to the white elite. Fanfan, Charlie, and Legba, aware of the draw of their adolescent, black bodies, seduce rich, middle-aged white tourists looking for respite from their colourless jobs and marriages.

 

These "relationships" mirror the power struggle inherent in all transactions in Port-au-Prince's seedy back streets. Heading South takes us into the world of artists, rappers, Voodoo priests, hotel owners, uptight Parisian journalists and partner-swapping Haitian lovers, all desperately trying to balance happiness with survival.

 

Made into an award-winning film starring Charlotte Rampling, Heading South, translated for the first time into English, explores the lines between sexual liberation and exploitation, artistic freedom and appropriation, independence and colonialism.

About the Authors
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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WAYNE GRADY is the author of fourteen books of science and natural history and the editor of six anthologies of short stories. His translations of Daniel Poliquin’s Black Squirrel and Francine D’Amour’s Return from Africa were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and he is the winner of the John Glassco Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. He lives near Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.

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Editorial Reviews

"There are many different voices featured in Heading South...who balance their happiness with their need to survive.

— Fast Forward Weekly

"Deftly presented, this evocation of a sultry, seamy island paradise serves as the literary counterpart of the joyous, funky music of Haiti and the paintings of its 'naive' school of artists, who present exaggerated figures in a rough and brightly colored world."

— Library Journal

"Beguiling and lyrical...Laferriere is a master of the vivid image.

— Publishers Weekly

"Laferriere's prose is limpid, quiet and simple as the sun-beaten streets it describes."

— Globe & Mail

"Dany Laferriere's Heading South, translated by Wayne Grady, is a slim novel of poetic beauty and political hardball...six world-wise women stir up a volatile clash of romance and class while visiting the exotic, beleaguered island nation in the grip of a despotic regime."

— Elle Magazine

"Dany Laferriere is that very rare writer who can make you laugh out loud and also make your soul ache. His work is smart, edgy, and extremely sexy. Heading South is all of these things and more. English language readers who first came across these characters via the internationally acclaimed film only saw the tip of the iceberg. This book is not only icing on the cake, but is a crucial, essential read."

— Edwidge Danticat

"Look me in the eye and tell me there's another Canadian writer with as deviously delicate a take on the post-colonial diaspora and the perils and potentials of multiculturalism."

— this magazine

"As hypnotic and seductive as their fevered human landscape, these narratives cast a disarming spell as they expose the sexual wagers that mark a daily struggle for survival. A potent and irresistible blend of masculine sensuality and social criticism. Beware Dany Laferriere: his words will bewitch you."

— Nancy Lee

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