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Heading South: A Novel

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by Wayne Grady

D&M Publishers Inc | September 14, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.6 in

Published: September 14, 2009

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553654838

ISBN - 13: 9781553654834

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Heading South: A Novel

by Dany Laferriere
Translated by Wayne Grady

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.6 in

Published: September 14, 2009

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553654838

ISBN - 13: 9781553654834

About the Book

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, this provocative novel, translated for the first time into English, explores the lines between sexual liberation and exploitation, artistic freedom and appropriation, independence and colonialism.

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from Afternoon of a Faun I am seventeen years old (although because of my size and my easygoing nature I look much older) and I live in Portau-Prince, on Capois Street, near Place du Champ-de-Mars. I live with my mother and my young sister. My father died a few years ago. My mother is still very beautiful. Large, moist eyes, bright flushed cheeks and a sad smile. The kind of tragic beauty that is very attractive to men. But as they say, she is a one-man woman. My father was not handsome (we have a large photograph of him in the living room), but he was tall and elegant. He always wore white, and changed his shirt at least three times a day. They say women were crazy about him, which drove my mother to despair. According to her, what made my father different from other men was his great sensitivity and his keen sense of responsibility. “I can always count on your father,” my mother would say every time I forgot to do something. As far as she is concerned, my father is still alive. She talks about him every day. She quotes him every chance she gets. If I come home a bit late on a Friday night, my mother never fails to point out that I behave badly only because my father isn’t there. She never says because he’s dead. My mother talks so frequently about my father that often I find myself thinking as she does. Some days, at around two o’clock in the afternoon, a feeling comes over me that he’s about to walk into the house and, as was his invariable custom, toss his hat onto the ta
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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.

From the Jacket

"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, author of ''Brother, I''m Dying''

About the Author

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

Winner of the 2010 Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix!

“Beguiling and lyrical . . . Laferrière is a master of the vivid image.” —Publishers Weekly

Laferrière’s prose is limpid, quiet and simple as the sun-beaten streets it describes.”—Globe and Mail

“There are many different voices featured in Heading South, starting with Fafan, a young Haitian boy with a particular knack for understanding (and often seducing) women. The narrative then switches. At different points we met Brenda and Ellen, visitors to Port-au-Prince, as well as many others characters who balance their happiness with their need to survive.”—Fast Forward Weekly

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"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, author of Dead Girls

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, author of Brother, I'm Dying

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