Deep Vellum Publishing
October 03, 2017
5.2 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
Yanick Lahens was born in Port-au-Prince in 1953. After attending school and university in France, she returned to Haiti., where she taught literature at the university in Port-au-Prince and worked for the Ministry of Culture. Her first novel was published in 2000, and she won the prestigious Prix Femina for Moonbath in 2014. Emily Gogolak is a journalist focusing on migration, gender, and the US-Mexico border. A former editorial staffer at The New Yorker and a James Reston Reporting Fellow at the New York Times, she now lives in Texas. A graduate of Brown University in Comparative Literature, she is also a literary translator. Her translation of Moonbath won a 2015 French Voices Award.
Winner of the Prix Femina, 2014 Winner of a French Voices Award, 2015 "[Lahens] describes her country with a forceful beauty -- the destruction that befell it, political opportunism, families torn apart, and the spellbinding words of Haitian farmers who solely rely on subterranean powers." -- Donyapress "In the Haitian tradition of the rural novel [...] Yanick Lahens' Moonbath establishes itself by its grand and lucid beauty." -- Le Point "Lahens's ambitious fresco of twentieth-century Haiti through the eyes of peasants depicts the first generation with Romain-like incision." -- Robert H. McCormick Jr, World Literature Today "Lahens is the most important living female Haitian author in French." -- Christiane Makward "A novel of violent beauty." -- Le Monde "One of the finest voices of Haitian contemporary literature." -- L'Ob's "Everything is there, the content, powerful, and the style, poetic." -- Les Echos