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Dany Laferrière

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Dany Laferrière (1953) was born and raised on Haiti where he worked as a journalist for Le petit samedi soir and Radio Haïti. After the assassination of his friend and colleague Raymond Gasner, he moved to Quebec.

The overwhelming success of his 1985 debut novel, Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, Coach House Press, 1987) made him one of the key figures of a new generation of Francophone Canadian writers. The film version, after a scenario by Laferrière himself, raised some controversy in Canada. His many novels include Éroshima (1987; Eroshima, Coach House Press, 1991) and Le cri des oiseaux fous (2000), an account of his migration to Canada. The recent L’Enigme du retour (2009; The Return, Douglas & McIntyre, 2011) met with great acclaim and was awarded the Prix Médicis and the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. Laferrière is also a poet, journalist, chronicler and screenwriter.

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