Haitian writer Lyonel Trouillot’s new book La Belle Amour Humaine has been shortlisted for the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. He is one of four finalists selected by The Goncourt Academy panel this week.
Reporting on the announcement, Haitian news magazine, Haiti Libre quotes Trouillot who said about his novel, “This world produces malaise, that’s what I’m talking [about] in this book made of fragments of reality, especially on the predators who run Haiti …”
Born in Port-au-Prince, Trouillot, 55, left his homeland in 1980 for the United States to escape the repression under the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime. A professor of literature and a poet, he has written numerous novels, including Thérèse en mille morceaux, Rue des Pas-perdus, and Les enfants des héros, with the latter two being published in English as Street of Lost Footsteps and Children of Heroes. He also founded and collaborated on a variety of journals and has published numerous poems and critical essays. In June 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand.
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Update: Alexis Jenni has captured the Prix Goncourt for his debut novel L’Art Français de la Guerre (The French Art of War). The Goncourt Academy made the announcement November 2. More details at Bloomberg Business Week.