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