Haiti - Literary : René Depestre, Laureate of Grand Prix SGDL 2016
The jury chaired by Corinna Gepner, was composed of authors member of committee : Mohammed Aïssaoui, Gérald Aubert, Christiane Baroche, Jean Claude Bologne, Mathieu Brosseau, Belinda Cannone, Evelyne Châtelain, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, Sophie Chauveau, Fabrice Colin, Edith de Cornulier, Chantal Danjou, Christophe Deleu, Pierrette Fleutiaux, Françoise Henry, Emmanuelle Heidsieck, Mathias Lair, Dominique Le Brun, Laure Limongi, Véronique Ovaldé, Marie Sellier, Mathieu Simonet, and Carole Zalberg.
Provided with 1.500 to 6.000 euros, the Prix SGDL will be awarded to the Massa Hall on Tuesday 21 June at 9:30 p.m.
Learn more about René Depestre :
Haitian poet and writer born in 1926 in Jacmel, René Depestre published his first poems in 1945 in the book "Étincelles". Engaged in the political life of his country, he is imprisoned and must go into exile in France, then in Cuba. He held for nearly twenty years important functions alongside Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. He continues to write and publish poems including "Minerai noir" in 1956, in which he discusses the suffering and humiliation of slavery. In the 1970s, he fled Cuba, and moved to Paris where he worked many years for UNESCO. René Depestre continues his work as a writer-poet in Lézignan-Corbières where he settled in 1980. His novel "Hadriana dans tous mes rêve" (1988)
receives Renaudot Prize, the "Prix du roman de la Société des gens de lettres" and the "Prix du roman de l’Académie royale de langue et de littérature françaises de Belgique", while his book "Alleluia pour une femme-jardin" receives the Prix Goncourt in 1982 of the new. In April 2007, he won the Prix Robert Ganzoof poetry for his complete poetic works, "Rage de vivre" published at Seghers.
See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-119-haiti-litterature-20-ecrivains-haitiens-en-vedette-a-saint-malo.html (in french)