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General presentation

The Haitian Professor of Literature, journalist, novelist and poet Lyonel Trouillot was born in Port-au-Prince in 1956 and studied law before swiftly turning his attention to writing. He writes novels, short stories, poems and plays in French and Creole. His first novel, Rue des pas perdus, was published by Actes Sud in 1998, and most of his work since then has been put out by the same publishing house. Lyonel is an intellectual much involved in his island’s political life. He has published numerous poems and critical articles in a range of Haitian newspapers and magazines. His commitment led him to the Presidency of the Association Etonnants Voyageurs Haïti. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he published a number of works including Haïti, le dur devoir d’exister, a collection of photographs taken after the disaster in collaboration with the photographer Amélie Baron, Haïti, une traversée littéraire, an anthology of Haitian literature produced in partnership with Louis-Philippe d’Alembert, and Refonder Haïti. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Grand Prix du Roman Métis in 2011 for his latest novel La Belle amour humaine.

Select bibliography

Novels:

  • La belle amour humaine. Arles: Actes Sud, 2011.
  • Yanvalou pour Charlie. Arles: Actes Sud, 2009; Montreal, Leméac, 2009.
  • L'Amour avant que j'oublie. Arles: Actes Sud, 2007; Montreal, Leméac, 2007; Port-au-Prince: Presses Nationales d'Haiti, 2007.
  • Bicentenaire. Arles: Actes Sud, 2004.
  • Les Enfants des héros. Arles: Actes Sud, 2002.
  • Thérèse en mille morceaux. Arles: Actes Sud, 2000.
  • Rue des pas perdus. Port-au-Prince: Editions Mémoire, 1996; Arles: Actes Sud, 1998.
  • Le Livre de Marie. Port-au-Prince: Editions Mémoire, 1993.
  • Les Fous de Saint-Antoine: traversée rythmique. (Preface by René Philoctète) Port-au-Prince: Editions Deschamps, 1989.

 

Short stories:

  • Les dits du fou de l'île. Port-au-Prince: Editions de l'Île, 1997.

Narratives:

  • Objectif: l'autre; fragments d'une vie. Bruxelles: André Versaille, 2012.
  • Lettres de loin en loin, une correspondance haïtienne (with Sophie Boutaud de La Combe). Paris: Acte Sud, 2008.

 

Poetry:

  • Éloge de la contemplation, suivi de Les dits du fou de l'île. et Rendez-vous. Paris: Riveneuve, 2009.
  • Zanj nan dlo. Port-au-Prince: Editions Mémoire, 1995.
  • La petite fille au regard d'ile. Port-au-Prince: Éditions Mémoire, 1994.
  • Depale. (together with Pierre Richard Narcisse) Port-au-Prince: Editions de l'Association des écrivains haïtiens, 1979.

 

Prix et distinctions

2011: Grand Prix du Roman Métis, for La belle amour humaine.

2010: Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

2009: Prix Wepler-Fondation La Poste, for Yanvalou pour Charlie.

2006: Prix des Amériques insulaires et de la Guyane (ex æquo), for Bicentenaire.

2005: Prix de la Télévision Suisse Romande for Bicentenaire.

2005: Prix Louis-Guilloux, for Bicentenaire.

2002: Prix Gouverneur de la Rosée du Livre et de la Littérature, Ministry of Culture, Haiti, for Les Vendredis Littéraires.

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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