Born in Port-au-Prince in 1953, Yanick Lahens is a major figure of Haitian literature today. After attending school and university in France, she returned to Haiti, where she taught literature at the university in Port-au-Prince and worked for the Ministry of Culture. She is involved in numerous projects dedicated to the fight against illiteracy in Haiti, such as the foundation "Action pour le changement" which helped building 4 libraries in Haiti, or the “Road to Slavery” project, focused on addressing the issue of slavery in Haiti through art and literature. She authored a collection of critical essays, and has written several articles for Caribbean publications, including Chemins critiques, Cultura, and Boutures. She has published three collections of short stories. Her fifth novel, Moonbath won the prestigious Prix Fémina in 2014. She currently lives and works in Port-au-Prince, where she is a member of the board of the International Council of Francophone Studies (CIEF). Yanick Lahens was named Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Embassy in Haiti in 2014, one of the highest distinctions in France.
Bain de Lune, Sabine Wespieser éditeur, 2014; Deep Vellum, 2017
A girl from the village of Anse Bleue wakes up on the sand with waves crashing against her back, wondering how she got there. In Bain de lune, winner of the 2014 Prix Femina, Lahens writes a family epic of violent beauty. She takes us back three generations into the lives of the Mésidors and the Lafleurs in "a voyage into the interior realms". This award-winning saga of a peasant family living in a small Haitian village, told through four generations of voices, recounting through stories of tradition and superstition, voodoo and the new gods, romance and violence, the lives of the women who struggled to hold the family together in an ever-shifting landscape of political turmoil and economic suffering.
“In the Haitian tradition of the rural novel […] Yannick Lahens’ Bain de Lune establishes itself by its grand and lucid beauty” —Le Point
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