The Return

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by David Homel

D&M Publishers Inc | August 29, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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From the Prix Medicis winner comes a haunting meditation on the nature of identity.

Dany Laferriere''s most celebrated book since How to Make Love to a Negro, The Return is a bestseller in France and Quebec and the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Prix Medicis and the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal.

At age 23, the narrator, Dany, hurriedly left behind the stifling heat of Port-au-Prince for the unending winter of Montreal. It was 1976, and Baby Doc Duvalier''s regime had just killed one of his journalist colleagues. Thirty-three years later, a telephone call informs Dany of his father''s death in New York. Windsor Laferriere had fled Haiti in the 1960s, fearing persecution for his political activities. After the funeral, Dany plans to return his father to Baraderes, the village in Haiti where he was born. It is not the body he will take, but the spirit.

How does one return from exile? In acutely observed details, Dany reveals his affection for his father and for the land of his birth. Translated by two-time Governor General''s Award-winner David Homel, The Return blends the gritty reality of daily life with the lush sensuality and ecstatic mystery that underlie Haitian culture. It is the novel of a great writer.

Longlisted for the 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.6 in

Published: August 29, 2011

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553658086

ISBN - 13: 9781553658085

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The Return

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by David Homel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.6 in

Published: August 29, 2011

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553658086

ISBN - 13: 9781553658085

From the Publisher

From the Prix Medicis winner comes a haunting meditation on the nature of identity.

Dany Laferriere''s most celebrated book since How to Make Love to a Negro, The Return is a bestseller in France and Quebec and the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Prix Medicis and the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal.

At age 23, the narrator, Dany, hurriedly left behind the stifling heat of Port-au-Prince for the unending winter of Montreal. It was 1976, and Baby Doc Duvalier''s regime had just killed one of his journalist colleagues. Thirty-three years later, a telephone call informs Dany of his father''s death in New York. Windsor Laferriere had fled Haiti in the 1960s, fearing persecution for his political activities. After the funeral, Dany plans to return his father to Baraderes, the village in Haiti where he was born. It is not the body he will take, but the spirit.

How does one return from exile? In acutely observed details, Dany reveals his affection for his father and for the land of his birth. Translated by two-time Governor General''s Award-winner David Homel, The Return blends the gritty reality of daily life with the lush sensuality and ecstatic mystery that underlie Haitian culture. It is the novel of a great writer.

Longlisted for the 2012 International Impac Dublin Literary Award

About the Author

David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrire; his translation of Laferrire's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Dany Laferrire worked as a journalist in his native Haiti during the notorious Duvalier regime, immigrating to Canada in 1976. He is the author of several acclaimed novels and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix RFO du Livre 2002 and Le Grand Prix du Livre de MontrŽal 2009, and in 2009 he was named Quebec Personality of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

"Someone once told me there are only two real stories: someone leaves home, and a stranger comes to town. This tale considers both of these real stories and offers insights into the father-son relationship and the question of home and exile. Laferriere’s keen eye and bared heart stayed with me long after I finished his beautiful elegy."" Waterloo Region Record ""The Return masterfully reconnects the past and present with the harsh realities of life and death...It is a book that will touch your heart and demand to be read more than once."" Toronto Quarterly ""Laferriere's book is a purposeful contemplation on the concept of exile and father/son relations, and of course the search for identity...What makes The Return so captivating is the use of language when he describes Montreal and Haiti, the differences and the similarities. His feelings of alienation for each geography changes with what he sees. How could it not?"" Telegraph-Journal ""It's a richly haunting novel, with prose melting into poetry."" Uptown Magazine ""[Laferriere's] prose has always had the ability to wrap itself around the reader's organs and take hold, slowly at first, before becoming a part of the body. This novel is no different, digging deep through a minefield of emotional and physical detail with compassionate honesty...a stunning and breathtaking book, and is easily one of his best."" Rob McLennan ""The Return is, as its French title explicitly states, enigmatic, a powerful, wrenching book that is not
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