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24 popular haitian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around North America Challenge" were written by authors from Haiti. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Hadriana in All My Dreams by René Depestre EN

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Included in "10 Best New Books to Read This May," Chicago Review of Books. "Originally published in 1988 and written by one of Haiti’s seminal authors, still with us at age 90, this vibrant, erotically charged work shows how humans counter fear—particularly the fear of death—in varied more or less magical ways, even as it paints a fresh and enticing picture of Haitian culture. . .Luscious and affirmative reading, this is work both the serious-minded and the lighthearted can enjoy." —Library Journal, Starred review "Depestre presents a rich and nuanced exploration of large and significant theme... continue

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Hadriana in All My Dreams by René Depestre EN

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Legendary Haitian author Depestre combines magic, fantasy, eroticism, and delirious humor to explore universal questions of race and sexuality.

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I Am a Japanese Writer : A Novel by Dany Laferrière EN

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A devilishly intelligent new novel by the internationally bestselling author and Prix Mï??dicis winner. A black writer from Montreal has found the perfect title for his next book: I Am a Japanese Writer. His publisher gives him an advance on the strength of the title alone. The problem is, he can't seem to write a word of it. He can scarcely summon the energy to put pen to paper, and so he nurses his writer's block by taking long baths, re-reading the works of Japanese poet Basho and engaging in amorous intrigues with rising pop star Midori and her entourage of vampire girls. For the writer, t... continue
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Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat EN

Rating: 5 (3 votes)
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When Haitians tell a story, they say "Krik?" and the eager listeners answer "Krak!" In Krik? Krak! In her second novel, Edwidge Danticat establishes herself as the latest heir to that narrative tradition with nine stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. They tell of women who continue loving behind prison walls and in the face of unfathomable loss; of a people who resist the brutality of their rulers through the powers of imagination. The result is a collection that outrages, saddens, and transports the reader with its sheer beauty.

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Love, Anger, Madness : A Haitian Trilogy by Marie Chauvet EN

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Now in English for the first time, this major work of Haitian literature is a powerfully rendered response to life under an oppressive regime Suppressed immediately upon publication in 1968 and finally released in France in 2005, this stunning trilogy, brilliantly introduced by Edwidge Danticat, is a scathing response to the powerful racial, sexual, and class struggles that rule Haiti. InLove, three sisters entangle themselves in each other’s love lives, creating a complicated family dynamic that echoes the growing chaos outside of the house. InAnger, the daughter of a middle-class family terr... continue

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Love, Anger, Madness : A Haitian Triptych by Marie Vieux-Chauvet EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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The only English translation of “a masterpiece” (The Nation)—a stunning trilogy of novellas about the soul-crushing cost of life under a violent Haitian dictatorship, featuring an introduction by Edwidge Danticat Originally published in 1968, Love, Anger, Madness virtually disappeared from circulation until its republication in France in 2005. Set in the barely fictionalized Haiti of “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s repressive rule, Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s writing was so powerful and so incendiary that she was forced to flee to the United States. Yet Love, Anger, Madness endures. Claire, the narrator of Lo... continue

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Palabras, Ojos, Memoria by Edwidge Danticat ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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Set in Haiti's impoverished villages and in New York's Haitian community, this is the story of Sophie Caco, who was conceived in an act of violence, abandoned by her mother and then summoned to America. In New York, Sophie discovers that Haiti imposes harsh rules on its own. (OneSource)

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
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Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street. Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’... continue

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam EN

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From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of the Noughts & Crosses series and The Hate U Give.

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Rocks in the Water, Rocks in the Sun : A Memoir from the Heart of Haiti by Vilmond Joegodson Déralciné, Paul Jackson EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
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When Joegodson Déralciné was still a small child, his parents left rural Haiti to resettle in the rapidly growing zones of Port-au-Prince. As his family entered the city in 1986, Duvalier and his dictatorship exited. Haitians, once terrorized under Duvalier’s reign, were liberated and emboldened to believe that they could take control of their lives. But how? Joining hundreds of thousands of other peasants trying to adjust to urban life, Joegodson and his family sought work and a means of survival. But all they found was low-waged assembly plant jobs of the sort to which the repressive Duvalie... continue


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