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Faculty Book: Thomas Spear, ed.

Thomas Spear, ed.

Une journée haïtienne (A Day in Haiti)
(Mémoire d'encrier, Montréal, and Présence Africaine, 2007)

This collection was instigated by Thomas Spear, who edited and wrote an introduction. Wishing to counteract the horrible stereotypes about Haiti, Spear asked forty contemporary Haitian writers to describe a day in that Caribbean country. The book includes a great variety of texts (letters, fiction, prose, poetry) and of authors from different generations and political and aesthetic sensibilities. Odette Roy Fombrun, 90 years old, is the oldest writer; Jessica Fièvre, the youngest, is 26. Among the other writers are Dany Laferrière, Lyonel Trouillot, Frankétienne, and Syto Cavé. All the texts begin with a dateline and city. Almost half the writers live in Haiti, the others write from Montréal, Miami, Paris, and elsewhere. The dates of the texts span June 21 to December 7, 2006.  The "Avant-Propos" is written by the Mauritian poet Edouard J. Maunick. Thomas Spear is a professor of French at Lehman College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: NOV 5, 2007

Category: French, Faculty Books