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