The Mediterranean Wall

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About the Author

Louis-Philippe Dalembert (born December 8, 1962 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) is a Haitian poet and novelist, who writes in both French and Haitian creole. His works have been translated into several languages. He now divides his home between Berlin, Paris and Port-au-Prince. He has received several prizes and awards for his work, among them, the Grand Priz de poésie de la Ville D'Angers for his poetry collection, Et le soleil se souvient, a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome, and the Prix RFO du livre for his novel, L'Autre Face de la Mer. He is also known to be an avid soccer fan.


"Louis-Philippe Dalembert is one of the most imaginative writers of his generation" --Edwidge Danticat, author of Everything Inside and Brother, I'm Dying

"It may seem counterintuitive, but on second thought, who better to write from inside the Mediterranean refugee crisis than a Haitian novelist living in France? And Louis Philippe Dalembert has done it beautifully here." --Madison Smartt Bell, National Book Award Finalist
"Dalembert is a world-class poet and chronicler not only of the African diaspora but of the radical uprootedness of people everywhere. His work is the work of witness, infused with love and admiration for the millions of sufferers who endure the violent disruptions of our time with dignity and perseverance and a love for one another that is equal to his own." --Russell Banks, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, Continental Drift and Foregone
A "richly textured and sweeping novel....this story of a wretched journey is deeply affecting." --Publishers Weekly
"The book puts a face on the issue of immigration and reminds us that behind the news headlines are human beings with hopes and dreams who aspire to something better." Lee Woodruff, author, In an Instant