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