Islands over the Wind – Caribbean Passages

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Francophone Literatures

A correspondence between Guadeloupe and Paris, the history of slavery and liberation, dealing with the colonial heritage and self-determination, life in exile – four rising representatives of francophone literature from the Caribbean read from their work:

Daniel Maximin (Guadaloupe/France)
Presentation · Nathalie Mälzer-Semlinger
Speaker · Friedhelm Ptok
“Sonnenschwarz”, Maximins first novel, illuminates 200 years of Guadeloupe’s colonial history. Using different genres, he depicts the story of the family as well as the island group well into the present.

Yanick Lahens (Haiti)
Presentation · Hans Christoph Buch
Speaker · Margarita Broich
In “Dance of Suspense” the theme is the problematic approach to the afro-Caribbean roots of Haiti. The protagonists, a sheltered daughter of western oriented parents discovers her passion for traditional Voodoo dance. In addition, Lahens reads the chapter “Will our wounds heal?” from his latest novel.

Dany Laferrière (Haiti/Canada, Québec)
Presentation · Hans Christoph Buch
Speaker· Friedhelm Ptok

Gisèle Pineau (Guadeloupe/France)
Presentation · Caroline Elias
Speaker · Susanna Kraus
Gisèle Pineau reads from her most recent novel “Fleur de Barbarie”, which tells of the unusual faith of the nine year old Josette. Born in Guadeluope, she was given into care at the age of four. She grew up in France until her mother re-emerged and sent her to her grandmother in Guadeloupe so that she could discover her roots.

Dany Laferrière was born in Port-au-Prince in 1953. The journalist went into exile in Canada in 1976, and debuted there with the novel “How to Make Love to a Negro”. Since then the “American author” (as he labels himself) has published nine more books.

Yanick Lahens was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1953 and teaches Literature. Her first novel, “Dans la maison du père”, was translated into German and won the LiBeratur Prize.

Daniel Maximin, born in Guadeloupe in 1947, has lived in France since 1960 and has held high-level jobs within the cultural sector. He has received numerous prizes, and in 1995 was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.