iciHaiti - Literature : Louis-Philippe Dalembert vying for the «Prix les Afriques 2020»
Recall that the "Prix les Afriques" which is in its 5th edition distinguishes the author of a work written or translated into French highlighting a human, societal, ideological, political, cultural, economic or historical question concerning Africa continental and the diaspora.
The 5 novels selected for the final will be announced on July 1, 2020. The winner will be announced by a jury of literary professionals on October 15, 2020.
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.
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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