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  1. Friederike Knabe Friederike Knabe says:

    On his last day in Montreal, the cold white city where I ve known the strongest passions and his home for several decades, Wilbert reflects on exile and loss Exile in time ispitiless Than exile in space.I miss My childhoodintensely than my country What must it feel like to return to the country of your birth and childhood that you have not visited and experienced inthan thirty years And, that you had to leave in the dead of night after friends and associates disapp On his last day in Montreal, the cold white city where I ve known the strongest passions and his home for several decades, Wilbert reflects on exile and loss Exile in time ispitiless Than exile in space.I miss My childhoodintensely than my country What must it feel like to return to the country of your birth and childhood that you have not visited and experienced inthan thirty years And, that you had to leave in the dead of night after friends and associates disappeared or where found dead Why go back at all, what will it mean Told in the first person, Dany Laferri re has written this outstanding and strangely absorbing novel that appears to be an amalgam of imaginative fiction and subtly disguised real life memoir, set against his poetically evoked country of birth and youth Haiti.Surprisingly, the book opens with a long poem, introducing the reader from the outset to the author s inventive way of telling his story alternating throughout between poetry and prose I must admit that, not being a great fan of poetry, I was initially reluctant to immerse myself in THE ENIGMA OF THE RETURN L Enigme du retour when I first held the French original in my hands Yet, once I started, I became very quickly and totally immersed in Laferri re s ways of writing with its mix of prose, relating encounters and events and poetry, evoking surroundings or reflecting on observations or emotions The narrative flows seamlessly between the two styles, each with its own rhythms and different tone and feel of language, yet harmoniously combined so that after a while you are no longer conscious of the poetry or prose sections.Why go back A phone call in the night brings the news that his father, who spend most of the son s life in exile, has died in New York It is only the son who can bring the devastating news to the mother, left behind in her village Wilbert embarks on the journey that takes him on a meandering path via New York to Haiti, cautiously rediscovering what he remembers of his childhood days, making connections first with strangers, exploring the city, Port au Prince, staying away from family and friends Slowly, he connects again with his nephew and then his sister and, after reaching a certain comfort level, does he feel strong enough emotionally to visit his mother and, even later, search for his father s village and people Both parents and their stories come alive in his memories and his poems.The title conveys an important aspect of the novel the enigma of returning The evocation of mystery is prominent and the Wilbert s journey is as much into the known past as into the unknown present and future In physical terms it is expressed through recognizing changed landscapes, changed circumstances of the people he knew Yet, for me even captivating is the psychological level where the middle aged man has to confront his childhood longings, how he may be able to bring the past and the present into some form of balance and ultimately, who he is and where he should be Where is home


  2. Vince Will Iam Vince Will Iam says:

    Laferri re is one the most famous Haitian writers and a new member of the Acad mie Fran aise As he was only 4, he and his family had to escape the brutal dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier in the 1960s because of his father s political views.The narrator who now lives in Montreal and is well into his fifties decides to come back to his native Haitithan 30 years after having left it The language is vivid and lyrical A must read for all those who like me have left their tropical homeland f Laferri re is one the most famous Haitian writers and a new member of the Acad mie Fran aise As he was only 4, he and his family had to escape the brutal dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier in the 1960s because of his father s political views.The narrator who now lives in Montreal and is well into his fifties decides to come back to his native Haitithan 30 years after having left it The language is vivid and lyrical A must read for all those who like me have left their tropical homeland for better prospects in the Northern hemisphere It is a brilliant evocation of exile when you get that strange feeling of not belonging anywhere


  3. Friederike Knabe Friederike Knabe says:

    What must it feel like to return to the country of your birth and childhood that you have not visited and experienced inthan thirty years And, that you had to leave in the dead of night after friends and associates disappeared or where found dead Why go back at all, what will it mean Told in the first person, Dany Laferri re has written this outstanding and strangely absorbing novel that appears to be an amalgam of imaginative fiction and subtly disguised real life memoir, set against What must it feel like to return to the country of your birth and childhood that you have not visited and experienced inthan thirty years And, that you had to leave in the dead of night after friends and associates disappeared or where found dead Why go back at all, what will it mean Told in the first person, Dany Laferri re has written this outstanding and strangely absorbing novel that appears to be an amalgam of imaginative fiction and subtly disguised real life memoir, set against his poetically evoked country of birth and youth Haiti.Surprisingly, the book opens with a long poem, introducing the reader from the outset to the author s inventive way of telling his story alternating throughout between poetry and prose I must admit that, not being a great fan of poetry, I was initially reluctant to immerse myself in The Return L Enigme de retour when I first held the French original in my hands Yet, once I started, I became very quickly and totally immersed in Laferriere s ways of writing with its mix of prose, relating encounters and events and poetry, evoking surroundings or reflecting on observations or emotions The narrative flows seamlessly between the two styles, each with its own rhythms and different tone and feel of language, yet harmoniously combined so that after a while you are no longer conscious of the poetry or prose sections The novel has been exquisitely translated by David Homel.Why go back A phone call in the night brings the news that his father, who spend most of the son s life in exile, has died in New York It is only the son who can bring the devastating news to the mother, left behind in her village Wilbert embarks on the journey that takes him on a meandering path via New York to Haiti, cautiously rediscovering what he remembers of his childhood days, making connections first with strangers, exploring the city, Port au Prince, staying away from family and friends Slowly, he connects again with his nephew and then his sister and, after reaching a certain comfort level, does he feel strong enough emotionally to visit his mother and, even later, search for his father s village and people Both parents and their stories come alive in his memories and his poems.The title of the French original conveys an important aspect of the novel that the English translation cannot the enigma of returning The evocation of mystery is prominent and the Wilbert s journey is as much into the known past as into the unknown present and future In physical terms it is expressed through recognizing changed landscapes, changed circumstances of the people he knew Yet, for me even captivating is the psychological level where the middle aged man has to confront his childhood longings, how he may be able to bring the past and the present into some form of balance and ultimately, who he is and where he should be Where is home


  4. Camille Camille says:

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  5. Paroles Paroles says:

    The book is fascinating What caught my attention from the beginning was its form I am not sure it s truly a novel roman , I thought it wasof a long poetic essay The combination of free verse and prose is enchanting The subject was also very new for me, as I know so little about Haiti And as any good book would do, this book made that previously obscure to me country somewhat closer What made this book especially captivating were the common points I have with the author The narr The book is fascinating What caught my attention from the beginning was its form I am not sure it s truly a novel roman , I thought it wasof a long poetic essay The combination of free verse and prose is enchanting The subject was also very new for me, as I know so little about Haiti And as any good book would do, this book made that previously obscure to me country somewhat closer What made this book especially captivating were the common points I have with the author The narrator s complex relationship with his own past, national identity and time in general are all issues that I can relate to As the book was ending I realized that I will definitely readof Laferri re, because I am very curious about his world and the ways he deals with it.Some quotes I marked on n st pas forc ment du pays o l on est n Il y a des grains que le vent aime semer ailleurs p 168 Quand on ne conna t pas le lieu o l on va tous les chemins sont bons p 172 A force de vivre parmi les tableux elle est devenue un personnage de roman p 234


  6. Karen Karen says:

    I had a hard time putting this book down The main character gets a telephone call in Montreal, telling him that his estranged father has died in Brooklyn Both father and son are from Haiti, both had fled, at different times the violence The son returns to Haiti after being gone for 30 years I loved that this book was written in both verse and prose.


  7. Helena K. Helena K. says:

    A book that every person who lived abroad and one day return to home should read It is rich in impressions and feelings that share those who ventured elsewhere.


  8. Claudia - Claudia - says:

    Windsor Laferriere fled his country during the brutal dictatorship of Baby Doc and settled in Canada When he learns of his father s death, he decides to travel back to Haiti to give his mother the news and to re connect with his history and family He experiences Haiti as someone who grew up there but is now an outsider He is shocked by the poverty and day to day struggle of its inhabitants, still there is a deep connection and love and the ever present memories, a mix of sadness and joy.This Windsor Laferriere fled his country during the brutal dictatorship of Baby Doc and settled in Canada When he learns of his father s death, he decides to travel back to Haiti to give his mother the news and to re connect with his history and family He experiences Haiti as someone who grew up there but is now an outsider He is shocked by the poverty and day to day struggle of its inhabitants, still there is a deep connection and love and the ever present memories, a mix of sadness and joy.This biographical story is written as a lose poem slipping in and out of prose.At first I was a bit sceptical I m not keen on poetry , but I soon got used to the rhythm and imagery It is full of thoughtful observations and moving reflections about what it means to be an migr and the enigma that is Haiti


  9. Timothy Neesam Timothy Neesam says:

    In The Return, author Dany Laferriere describes his move from Haiti to Montreal, and then his return to Haiti after the death of his father Using a mix of poetry and prose Laferriere views Montreal not so crazy about the weather, but the girls and his return to Haiti the politics, the poverty with both resignation and romance Laferriere has an excellent eye for detail, capturing the bittersweetness of returning home and viewing his homeland with the eyes of an outsider It s thoughtf In The Return, author Dany Laferriere describes his move from Haiti to Montreal, and then his return to Haiti after the death of his father Using a mix of poetry and prose Laferriere views Montreal not so crazy about the weather, but the girls and his return to Haiti the politics, the poverty with both resignation and romance Laferriere has an excellent eye for detail, capturing the bittersweetness of returning home and viewing his homeland with the eyes of an outsider It s thoughtful, but there s not much of a narrative arc, and I don t know if the poetry translated really hits the mark


  10. Carol Seidl Carol Seidl says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book Laferierre recounts his experience returning to Haiti after several decades in Canada His depictions are pithy, thought provoking, and insightful He is a wonderful writer that seems capable of perfectly placing each word on the page There are few books that I vow to return to This one is absolutely worth a second read both to revisit the story and to reconsider the amazing craft that this author brings to his work.


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The Return ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Return By Dany Laferrière ✎ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From the Prix M dicis winner comes a haunting meditation on the nature of identityDany Laferri re s most celebrated book since How to Make Love to a Negro, The Return is a bestseller in France and Que From the Prix M dicis winner comes a haunting meditation on the nature of identityDany Laferri re s most celebrated book since How to Make Love to a Negro, The Return is a bestseller in France and Quebec and the winner of many awards, including the prestigious Prix M dicis and the Grand Prix du livre de Montr alAt age , the narrator, Dany, hurriedly left behind the stifling heat of Port au Prince for the unending winter of Montreal It was , and Baby Doc Duvalier s regime had just killed one of his journalist colleagues Thirty three years later, a telephone call informs Dany of his father s death in New York Windsor Laferri re had fled Haiti in the s, fearing persecution for his political activities After the funeral, Dany plans to return his father to Barad res, the village in Haiti where he was born It is not the body he will take, but the spiritHow does one return from exile In acutely observed details, Dany reveals his affection for his father and for the land of his birth Translated by two time Governor General s Award winner David Homel, The Return blends the gritty reality of daily life with the lush sensuality and ecstatic mystery that underlie Haitian culture It is the novel of a great writer.

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Return
  • Dany Laferrière
  • English
  • 24 November 2019
  • 1553658086

About the Author: Dany Laferrière

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