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Évelyne Trouillot

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Évelyne Trouillot lives in Port-au-Prince and teaches French at the Université d’État d’Haïti. She published her first story collection in 1996, followed in 2004 by her first novel, Rosalie l’infâme, which appeared in English translation as The Infamous Rosalie (University of Nebraska Press, 2013). Her novel, La mémoire aux abois (Éditions Hoëbeke, 2010), presents a compelling view of the Haitian dictatorship; it garnered the prestigious Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe and was released in English as Memory at Bay (University of Virginia Press, 2015). In all, she has published seven novels, five story collections, four books of poetry (two each in French and Creole), and a play (the award-winning Le bleu de l’île, 2005). Trouillot’s latest novel, Désirée Congo (Éditions Cidihca, Montreal, 2020), is set in Saint Domingue before the decisive battle against Napoleon’s army. The book gives life to a young woman consumed by fantasy and surrounded by a diverse group of characters living through the tumultuous era that will lead to Haitian independence.

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