Bain de Lune is an ambitious novel whose narrative spans three generations of two Haitian families.
In the village of Anse Bleu, a long rivalry has opposed the humble Lafleur family against the wealthier Mesidor clan. If hate is a status quo strictly observed by the male members of these clans, women don’t exactly play according to the same rules. The young Olmène Lafleur Dorival will fall for Tertulien Mesidor, a man well into his fifties and their marriage will come out as a malediction and a betrayal.
Lahens excels in narrating this story of love and hate that spans a century: her prose, at once enthralling and musical, bears the inflexion of the Creole language and captures the many hardships her protagonists face, including extreme poverty, natural disasters, and the corruption-ridden Duvallier and Aristide administrations. She vividly brings to life the singularity of Haitian culture, where the living are never completely separate from the dead, where poetry runs in people’s blood, and where the concept of life itself is inseparable from suffering and resilience.
Bain de Lune by Yanick Lahens, a novel, Sabine Wespieser
In a small village, off the cost of a caraibian island, a young European woman investigates her father’s past and the facts surrounding her family’s myth. The various narratives that she collects all raise an essential question — How shall we use our time on earth? — and make a strong case for the necessity of a brotherhood of men against the voracious appetites of those who believe that they own the world.
La belle amour humaine by Lyonel Trouillot, a novel, Babel/Actes Sud