Douglas & McIntyre
Down Among the Dead Men

Book details:

March 1997
ISBN 978-1-55054-260-8
Paperback - Trade
5" x 8"
212 pages
Fiction
$18.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Down Among the Dead Men

By: Dany Laferriere
Translated by: David Homel

The story of Dany Laferrière, the narrator and writer living in exile in Montreal, who finally comes home to Haiti. Nothing is different, and yet everything has changed.

There is his mother, who has never left Haiti, not even for one minute, and who still performs all the rituals of old. But there is also the army of zombies that takes over the streets at night, while the American army occupies the country by day.

What is this country of dead men? Is every Haitian a secret citizen? Is it possible for Laferrière to cross over to that country and then return?

Laferrière wanders through Port-au-Prince interrogating old friends and new acquaintances. The tone becomes strident, as do the questions: Do we stay? Do we leave? What's the point? Where can we be ourselves and live like humans at the same time? In the end Laferrière decides to head for Bombardopolis, a village where you only need to eat once every three months—a way of curing hunger? What will become of him once he gets there, and who will he be when he returns?

About the Author

Dany  Laferriere

Dany Laferriere

Journalist, TV and radio host, screenwriter, director and spokesperson for World Book and Copyright Day, Dany Laferrière worked as a journalist in his ...

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