Dany Laferrière, L’Énigme du retour [The Enigma of the Return]

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Suzette Ali (Université de Quebec, Montreal) ; Nicolas Gaille (Université Laval)

L’Énigme du retour is a novel by Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière. It was published in 2009 by Éditions Boréal in Montreal and Éditions Grasset in France. The novel won several awards, including the Médicis Prize awarded for the first time to a Haitian writer and for the second time to a Quebec writer (Marie-Claire Blais had received it in 1966 for her novel Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel). The recognition of Laferrière’s writing talent went beyond the borders of French literature and the Francophonie. His novel was translated into several languages, including English by David Homel – a well-known translator of Laferrière’s …

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Citation: Ali, Suzette, Nicolas Gaille. "L’Énigme du retour". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 December 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35610, accessed 02 February 2023.]

35610 L’Énigme du retour 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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