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The Enigma of the Return


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Dany Laferriere is a francophone Haitian and Canadian novelist and journalist. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Petit Goave, Laferriere worked as a journalist in Haiti before moving to Canada in 1976.


This magnificent meditation on loss and political exile looks set to become one of the great poetic statements of homesickness and return . . . I have not read such an affecting or humane book in years; it should be read by all exiles everywhere. - IndependentThis affecting novel investigates a man's relationship with the island he fled in his youth - Haiti - and the land in which he made a name for himself - Quebec. A meditation on loss and exile. - Financial Times'Moves fluidly between free verse and prose' Guardian. - GuardianA poetic, melancholic tour de force ... a compelling, intense, stark and poignant exploration of living life as an outsider ... The great Haitian novel. - Jo LateuA tour de force of partial autobiography - GQ magazineIn an age of great post-colonial migrations, this is a magnificent book - Nouvel Observateur

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