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Évelyne Trouillot

Contributor

Évelyne Trouillot

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.

Articles by Évelyne Trouillot

Respecting the Diversity of Creativity
By Évelyne Trouillot
It would be naive to speak of editorial decisions without taking into account power relationships and established patterns of prejudice that undergird the publishing industry.
Translated from French by Paul Curtis Daw
Detour
By Évelyne Trouillot
Trouillot’s most striking childhood memories of the Duvalier dictatorship remain the image of Duvalier’s militiamen searching her family’s and neighbor’s houses for publications and other works of art deemed subversive.”—Edwidge Danticat
Translated from French by Paul Curtis Daw
Multilingual
Primal Needs
By Évelyne Trouillot
They arrived together, a pair of butterflies with green and yellow wings, dappled and tremulous. They landed here and there on the hibiscus blooms surrounding the pool, and the youth marveled at their…
Translated from French by Paul Curtis Daw
Multilingual
Brine, Blood, and Mother’s Milk
By Évelyne Trouillot
For the woman with bound hands, a vacant stare, and an impudent bottom, whom I glimpsed at Corail one morning during the season of stormsI’ve turned my skin inside out, but I can still feel the…
Translated from French by Paul Curtis Daw
Multilingual
The Game
By Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki
It’s the son’s idea: he’ll hide in an armoire and, when his father walks by, he’ll jump out and scare him. The boy opens the doors, clambers under the lowest shelf, and, from inside,…
Translated from Catalan by Évelyne Trouillot
In the Shade of the Almond Tree
By Évelyne Trouillot
Author's Note: Two major obstacles to happiness remain constant throughout the history of Haitian society: social and economic injustice, and totalitarian tendencies. Poverty can be as cruel as dictatorship…
Translated from French by Paul Curtis Daw
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