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Haiti - Literature : Dany Laferrière received his Academician's sword
27/05/2015 05:04:12

Haiti - Literature : Dany Laferrière received his Academician's sword
Tuesday, two days before his inauguration under the Dome of the French Academy, the Quebec writer of Haitian origin, Dany Laferrière received during a ceremony in the town hall of Paris, the traditional Academician sword from the hands of Academician Jean d'Ormesson. A sword created by the Haitian sculptor Patrick Vilaire for whom this sword is not a weapon but a feather.

"If I was born in Haiti, I was born writer in Quebec. If Port au Prince must arm me, it is to Montreal to dress me [...]" declared Dany Lafferière while receiving his Academician sword.

Jean d'Ormesson addressing Dany declared "I had for you a kind of friendship thunderbolt. I really like that are represented at the academy every nuance of the literary spectrum. It is easier to bring a woman to the French Academy that an Haitian. Thirsty for modernity, the French Academy threw on you. The academy is a family, naturally we hate between us [laughs], it is necessary that you begin to know the rites of this extraordinary house."

"I do not enter as Quebec or Haitian, I enter as a writer, by cons the place is a must these are these regions, which in the case of Haiti founded my sensitivity, it is with descriptions, the memories, my Haitian memory, I wrote many of my books; but also Quebec, which brought me, people and institutions that have allowed that my books are disseminated [...]" declared Dany Laferrière.

For his part the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, said "Congratulations on behalf of Haiti, to the immortal Dany Laferièrre who today received at the Town Hall of Paris his Academician sword."

Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m. Dany Laferrière will be received in solemn session under the dome by Amin Maalouf, to the chair of Hector Bianciotti (2nd chair). Many personalities are expected to travel to the ceremony, including French President François Hollande, the President of Haiti Michel Martelly, the Minister of Culture of Haiti, Ms. Dithny Joan Raton and Prime Minister of Quebec Philippe Couillard...

Recall that in December 2013, the French Academy, elected the writer Dany Laferrière in the first round of voting for the chair of Mr. Hector Bianciotti. https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10073-haiti-flash-dany-laferriere-elected-to-the-french-academy.html

Learn more about Dany Laferrière :
Born in Port-au-Prince April 13, 1953, the novelist, poet, writer and filmmaker Dany Laferrière [Windsor Klébert Laferrière] has left Haiti in 1974 to settle in Quebec. He currently lives between Miami and Montreal. Author of more than twenty books, he received the Prix Medicis in 2009 and the Grand Prix of Montreal Book for his novel "L'Énigme du retour". His first novel, "Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer" published in 1985, was translated into many languages ​​and adapted for the screen. Price RFO in 2002 with his book "Cette grenade dans la main du jeune Nègre est-elle une arme ou un fruit ?" Nominated for the Prix Renaudot with "Vers le Sud" (2006) adapted for cinema. This year, Dany has published "Journal d'un écrivain en pyjama" at Grasset.

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