On January 12, 2010, novelist Dany Laferrière had just ordered dinner at a Port-au-Prince restaurant with a friend when the earthquake struck. He survived; some three hundred thousand others did not. The quake caused widespread destruction and left over one million homeless.
This moving and revelatory book is an eyewitness account of the quake and its aftermath. In a series of vignettes, Laferrière reveals the shock, rage, and grief experienced by those around him, the acts of heroism he witnessed, and his own sense of survivor guilt. At one point, his nephew, astonished at still being alive, asks his uncle not to write about "this," "this" being too horrible to give up so easily to those who were not there. But as a writer, Laferrière can't make such a promise. Still, the question is raised: to whom does this disaster belong? Who gets to talk and write about it? In this way, this book is not only the chronicle of a natural disaster; it is also a personal meditation about the responsibility and power of the written word in a manner that echoes certain post-Holocaust books.
Includes a foreword by Michaëlle Jean, UN special envoy to Haiti and the former Governor General of Canada.
Dany Laferrière was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1953. He is the author of fourteen novels, including Heading South and How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired. His awards include the Prix Médicis and the Governor General's Literary Award. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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Laferrière felt moved by the shock of the quake. We feel moved by his perceptive, touching portraits, the grief, the grace and humour of the Haitian people.Read Full Review of The World is Moving Around Me... | See more reviews from Toronto Star
...this book will excite renewed passion for helping Haiti and also a large audience for Laferrière himself, a talented writer who deserves a wide readership.Read Full Review of The World is Moving Around Me... | See more reviews from National Post arts
...despite the lightning speed with which Laferrière composed this book, the quality of writing is very high. The novelist Madison Smartt Bell compared Laferrière’s lean prose to Ernest Hemingway. I myself was reminded more of the classical Gallic clarity of Stendhal or André Malraux...Read Full Review of The World is Moving Around Me... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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