BAIE-MAHAULT: Haitian-American author, Edwige Danticat has been honoured by fellow writers for her book, Create Dangerously.
A pan-Caribbean awards panel, convened at the third International Congress of Caribbean Writers held in French-speaking Guadeloupe earlier this month, has awarded Danticat its literary prize.
Panel members included Roger Toumson, president of the Association of Caribbean Writers and Ernest Pépin, both of Guadeloupe; Alexandre Alaric of Martinique, Elisabeth Wilson of Jamaica, Chiqui Vicioso of the Dominican Republic, Dominique Battraville of Haiti, and Emilio Jorge Rodriguez of Cuba.
The International Congress of Caribbean Writers was held under the theme “Our Fight for Freedom: A Collective Epic”. The Congress is held every two years under the auspices of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe and the Association of Caribbean Writers.
Toumson, chair of the panel, called Create Dangerously an extraordinary book.
“The art of the description, the narrative that she displays in her work provides a sublime report of her journey back to her native land that has suffered from a terrible earthquake, which has marked her deeply,” he said.
Toumson expressed admiration at the eloquent manner that Danticat expressed herself in Create Dangerously and the fact that she questioned her responsibilities as a writer and artist in the book.
“At the same time, she has been able to describe the enigmatic beauty of Haitian paintings which, according to her, contain the secrets of a capacity to rebound in life, to resist misfortunes,” he said.
Toumson said that Haitian literature makes an important contribution to the wealth of world heritage and provided hope to all people.
Special mentions were also extended to two authors for their work written in English and Spanish, respectively: Light Falling on Bamboo, by Lawrence Scott of Trinidad & Tobago and Nécropolis, by Santiago Gamboa of Colombia.