Haiti - Literature : The Haitian writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert in the running for the Prix Goncourt 2019
List of 15 novels selected :
"Le ghetto intérieur" by Santiago H. Amigorena, (Publisher P.O.L)
"Le ciel par-dessus le toit" by Nathacha Appanah, (Publisher Gallimard)
"Un dimanche à Ville-d’Avray" by Dominique Barbérie, (Publisher Arléa)
"La part du fils" by Jean-Luc Cotatalem, (PublisherStock)
"Mur Méditerranée" by Louis-Philippe Dalembert, (Publisher Sabine Wespieser)
"Tous les hommes n'habitent pas le monde de la même façon" by Jean-Paul Dubois, (Publisher L’Olivier)
"Un monde sans rivage" by Hélène Gaudy, (Publisher Actes Sud)
"Rouge impératrice" by Léonora Miano, (Ed. Grasset)
"La terre invisible" by Hubert Mingarelli, (Publisher Buchet Chastel)
"Soif" by Amélie Nothomb, (Publisher Albin Michel)
"Avant que j’oublie" by Anne Pauly, (Publisher Verdier)
"Sœur" by Abel Quentin, (Publisher L’Observatoire)
"Extérieur monde" by Olivier Rolin, (Publisher Gallimard)
"Le cœur battant du monde" by Sébastien Spitzer, (Publisher Albin Michel)
"Les choses humaines" by Karine Tuil, (Publisher Gallimard)
On October 1st and 27th, the jury will proceed to 2 other selections before the unveiling on November 4th, 2019 of the Grand Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2019.
Summary of "Mur Méditerranée" by haitian writer Louis-Philippe Dalembert :
Inspired by the tragedy of a stowaway ship rescued by the Danish tanker Torm Lotte in the summer of 2014, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, through three magnificent portraits of women, strikingly confronts us with the human condition, in an ample fresco of migration and exile.
"[...] In Sabratha, on the Libyan coast, the supervisors burst into the women's warehouse. Among them are Shochana, a Nigerian, and Semhar, an Eritrean. The two met there after months of wandering on the roads of the continent. Since they left their native land, they have been working to collect the sum that will satisfy the greed of smugglers. Tonight, they finally board for the crossing.
A little earlier, in Tripoli, Syrian families, dressed elegantly, settled in air-conditioned minibuses. It was already four weeks since Dima, her husband, and their two little girls were waiting to leave for Lampedusa. This 16th of July 2014 is the big start.
These women with different trajectories. Dima the bourgeois travels on the bridge, Chochana and Semhar in the hold, have all crossed the point of no return and find themselves aboard the trawler united in the same hope of a new life in Europe.
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