Lyonel Trouillot, born in 1956 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a novelist and poet. He was born into a family of lawyers, and started studying law but gained quick notoriety with his writings. He has contributed poems and critical essays to several newspapers in Haiti and for the Haitian Diaspora. He is very much involved in the efforts to resist oppression in his country that he has always refused to leave. In the 90’s, he hosted Cultura, a literary review developed within the framework of a Franco Haitian project to promote books and reading. He still lives and works in the city where he was born. He teaches literature at the Institut français d’Haïti and at l’université Caraïbe ; and continues to work on his own writings, publishing a poetic and romantic major oeuvre as well as poems written in Creole and novels in French. Lyonel Trouillot is published by Actes Sud in France. He is a member of the “NON” association created in 2003 at the time of the tragic events in Haiti that precipitated Aristide’s departure. As a committed intellectual, he has never stopped resisting the dictatorship in his country and working towards its democratic rebuilding. He uses his notoriety and his actions in support of a cause for which he is undoubtedly one of the most popular speakers.
Lyonel is the chairman of Etonnants Voyageurs Haïti.
Bibliography : (In French)
L’amour avant que j’oublie (Actes Sud, 2007)
Bicentenaire (Actes Sud, 2004)
Journal d’une insurrection (Actes Sud, 2004 - photographies de Roxane - Ledan)
Les enfants du héros (Actes Sud, 2002)
Le testament du mal de mer (Actes Sud, 2002)
L’odyssée atlantique Coffret 6 volumes (Actes Sud, 2002 - collectif)
Thérèse en mille morceaux (Actes Sud, 2000)
Rue des pas-perdus (Actes Sud, 1998)
Street of Lost Footsteps (University of Nebraska Press , 2003) - Rue Des Pas Perdus
Synopsis of L’amour avant que j’oublie :
Overcome by the sudden desire to speak to a strange woman he has seen in the audience of a forum that he is taking part in, a writer confronts head on the problems of taking his very first steps in a foreign, for him at fifty, country, that of the art of the amorous discourse. Not knowing how to approach his subject, the narrator decides to write to the young woman a declaration in the form of a narrative telling her about a determining experience he had twenty years earlier when he frequented three elders, namely, the Historian, the Stranger, and Raoul. Every evening, under the great tree of Port-au-Prince, between the coffee and the rum, these three refugees from life turned into great storytellers to reinvent the tales of their own existence. And himself, the youngest of them, that the elders had dubbed the Writer to mock his innocence, would observe, in fascination, the way in which these magnificent losers, lying lovers and authentically injured men would manage between pure inventions and memories, to pursue their life’s dreams and mourn them.
With his unforgettable characters who help the Writer begin to perceive that maybe love, if it does exist, does not really need language, Lyonel Trouillot gives the reader a very disturbing reflection on the necessity to reconcile the real time of our lives with the words that try to paint a thousand pictures to hide our pain and our secret dreams. And that is how, as a writer in full possession of his art and talent he gives the reader a peek into the deep and personal relationship he enjoys with fiction.
Entre le “Kannjawou”, un bar où nantis et représentants des forces d’occupation d’Haïti vont faire la fête, et la rue de l’Enterrement où, à l’orée de l’âge adulte, quelques jeunes gens déshérités se cherchent un destin, Lyonel Trouillot brosse le portrait d’une humanité en proie à ses illusions ou à ses renoncements face à la confiscation séculaire, en Haïti, du devenir d’une population et de sa culture que ne cesse de nier, sans coup férir, le pragmatisme
des stratégies internationales.
Revue de presse :
« "Kannjawou", le chant incantatoire de Lyonel Trouillot pour faire danser Haïti. »
France TV info
« Dans Kannjawou, son neuvième et superbe roman, Lyonel Trouillot donne à voir la dislocation d’un groupe d’amis, à l’image du devenir de son pays, Haïti. »
Christophe Kantcheff - Politis
Rencontre avec Lyonel Trouillot et François Marthouret
Avec Joséphine Bacon, Breyten Breytenbach et Lyonel Trouillot. Rencontre animée par Florence Bouchy
Avec Lyonel Trouillot
Avec Russell Banks, Taiye Selasi, Jonathan Coe, Lyonel Trouillot, François Busnel. Rencontre animée par Hubert Artus
Avec Ana Paula Maia, Lyonel Trouillot, Nigel Thomas et Marcelino Freire.
Avec Perrine Leblanc et Lyonel Trouillot.
Avec Lyonel Trouillot, Sorj Chalandon et Taha Adnan.
Avec Yvon Le Men, Lyonel Trouillot, Jacques Darras
Avec Sami TCHAK, Lyonel TROUILLOT, Jacques SARASIN, Joseph NDWANIYE, Diana EVANS.
Avec Lyonel Trouillot, Henri Kenol, Yanick Lahens et Frankétienne.
Avec Lyonel Trouillot.
Avec Lyonel Trouillot, Gilles Lapouge
Avec Lyonel Trouillot, Léonora Miano, Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès, Hubert Haddad
Avec James Nöel, Lyonel Trouillot, Dany Laferrière et Emmelie Prophète
Avec : Lyonel TROUILLOT, Jean-Euphèle MILCE, Emmelie PROPHETE, Evelyne TROUILLOT, Louis-Philippe DALEMBERT, Dany LAFERRIERE, Yanick LAHENS, Michel LE BRIS
Avec Dany LAFERRIERE, Lyonel TROUILLOT, Yanick LAHENS, Evelyne TROUILLOT, MILCÉ Jean-Euphèle, Emmelie PROPHÈTE, animé par Yves Chemla
Avec Lyonel Trouillot, Dany Laferrière, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Emmelie Prophète, Kettly Mars. Un débat animé par Thierry Leclere.
Quand les poètes haïtiens lisent et disent leurs vers, avec Lyonel TROUILLOT, Louis-Philippe DALEMBERT, Bonel AUGUSTE, Georges CASTERA, Emmelie PROPHÈTE, Rodney SAINT-ELOI, James NOEL, Bruno DOUCEY. Un débat animé par Yvon LE MEN.
Avec : Christine JORDIS, Lyonel TROUILLOT, Olivier ADAM, Michèle LESBRE, Marc de GOUVENAIN