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Gary Victor, author of La chorale de sang (Port-au-Prince, 2000) and Cercle des époux fidèles (Port-au-Prince, 2002) among other works is without doubt one of the most prolific Haitian writers of his generation. Just as he is working on a feature film project, Editions Vents d’Ailleurs, he is re-editing a new and improved version of La piste des sortilèges, a fast-paced whirlwind of a book which tells an imaginary story tinged with fantasy, at times both marvellous and absurd, full of multiple references and the author’s favourite among his works.
Bibliography : (In French)
Clair de manbo (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2007)
Auteur d’une des nouvelles du recueil Nouvelles d’Haïti (Magellan & Cie, 2007)
Les cloches de la Brésilienne (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2006)
Le diable dans un thé à la citronnelle (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2006)
Je sais quand Dieu vient se promener dans mon jardin (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2004 - prix RFO 2004)
A l’angle des rues parallèles (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2003)
La piste des sortilèges (Vents d’Ailleurs, 2002)
Synopsis of Clair de Manbo :
Lanjélus, a Grand-Goâve fisherman, introduces Hannibal Sérafin, a presidential candidate, to Mrs Sorel, a voodoo priestess. The candidate becomes the stake in a ferocious struggle being waged on the island since the dawn of time between the forces of darkness and those of light. The novel paints an acidic portrait of the politician without complacency. It also sheds a new light on the founding myths of Haiti and deals with the taboo subject of the relations between the powers that be and the secret societies. Clair de manbo places in its rightful context a great part of Gary Victor’s body of work. All of his ulterior works will draw in one way or another from the magic of this founding novel. It is a fantastic and picaresque tale. It is a subversive document that paves the way for La piste des sortilèges, A l’angle des rues parallèles et Je sais quand Dieu vient se promener dans mon jardin. It is a vitriolic and funny novel, wonderfully realistic which will leave a deep mark on Haiti and the Caribbean and it is also the craziest, most fabulous and surprising founding work by a Haitian writer of the new generation.