Dany Laferrère’s Poetic Prose Vaults Haitian Tale to Giller Longlist by Joseph Webb
The simplicity of Dany Laferrière’s style in his latest novel,The Return, allows life in Haiti to shine through. Nominated for the 2011 Giller Prize longlist, and recipient of the Prix Médicis and the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal, The Return is what Laferrière calls the latest installment in his “American autobiography.”
The Return doesn’t follow a strict sequence of events — instead, little stories are left to shape the readers emotions and impressions about the journey of coming home.
The story depicts protagonist Windsor Laferrière’s return to Haiti following the death of his estranged father. After leaving Haiti in 1976 to work as a writer in Montreal, during the “Baby Doc” Duvalier regime, Windsor returns with memories of his youth, the spirit of his father, and openness to Haiti’s present. read the rest HERE.
You can also read Joseph Webb’s Q&A with Laferrière HERE.