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Haiti - Literature : The Haitian writer Dalembert finalist for the Prix de l'Académie française
15/10/2017 11:43:46

Haiti - Literature : The Haitian writer Dalembert finalist for the Prix de l'Académie française
The novel "Avant que les ombres s’effacent"(Before the Shadows Fade) by the Haitian writer Louis Philippe Dalembert, published by Sabine Wespieser, already in the running for the Prix Médicis 2017 https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-22197-icihaiti-prix-medicis-2017-the-haitian-writer-louis-philippe-dalembert-finalist.html was selected by the Commission of the Grand Prix of the Roman of the Académie Française as one of the 4 finalist literary works. Grand Prix that will be awarded on Thursday, October 26th.

Dalembert's novel tells the story of the descendent Polish Jew, Dr. Ruben Schwarzberg, born in 1913 in a Jewish family who arrived in Haiti in 1939 to escape Nazism. Having become a renowned doctor and patriarch of three generations of Haitians, he gradually drew a line on his past. But when Haiti was struck by the January 2010 earthquake and when her granddaughter left to settle in Palestine before the Second World War hurries among the doctors and the rescuers of the whole world, it agrees to return for her on his family history...

Louis-Philippe Dalembert who has already won this year the Prix du livre France Bleu https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-21089-icihaiti-literature-louis-philippe-dalembert-winner-of-the-prix-france-bleu.html is one of the four novelists alongside Yannick Haenel, "Tiens ferme ta couronne" (Gallimard), Daniel Rondeau, "Mécaniques du chaos" (Grasset) and Julie Wolkenstein, "Les Vacances" (P.O.L) to have a chance to succeed the novelist Adélaïsre de Clermont-Tonerre, winner of the Prize in 2016.

Learn More about Louis Philippe Dalembert :
Louis-Philippe Dalembert was born in Port-au-Prince and lives in Paris. Since 1993, he has published in various publishers in France and Haiti, of novels (to the Serpent à plumes from 1993 : Le Songe d'une photo d'enfance), of poetry, fiction (with Philippe Rey / Culturesfrance in 2010, with Lyonel Trouillot: Haïti, une traversée littéraire) and novels (the latest ones at the Mercure de France: Noires blessures en 2011 and Ballade d'un amour inachevé in 2013). Professor invited at various American universities, he was a resident of the Villa Medici (1994-1995), a writer in residence in Jerusalem and Berlin, and was awarded numerous prizes including the RFO prize in 1999, the Casa de las Américas In 2008 and the Thyde Monnier of the SGDL in 2013.

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