The World Is Moving Around Me

The World Is Moving Around Me

A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake

Book - 2013
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On January 12, 2010, novelist Dany Laferrière had just ordered dinner at a Port-au-Prince restaurant with a friend when the earthquake struck. He survived; some 300,000 others did not. The quake caused widespread destruction and left over 1 million homeless; it also revealed flaws in the impoverished nation's infrastructure that will take a generation from which to recover.

This moving and revelatory book is an eyewitness account of the quake and its aftermath. In a series of vignettes, Laferrière reveals the shock, rage, and grief experienced by those around him, the acts of heroism he witnessed, and his own sense of survivor guilt. At one point, his nephew, astonished at still being alive, asks his uncle not to write about "this," "this" being too horrible to give up so easily to those who were not there. But as a writer, Laferrière can't make such a promise. Still, the question is raised: to whom does this disaster belong? Who gets to talk and write about it? In this way, this book is not only the chronicle of a natural disaster; it is also a personal meditation about the responsibility and power of the written word in a manner that echoes certain post-Holocaust books.

The book also includes a foreword by Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada and Special Envoy for Haiti for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781551524986
Branch Call Number: 972.94073 LAF
Characteristics: 183 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Homel, David

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dominique_love Feb 16, 2016

I do not agree that this is an opportunistic book. Dany Laferriere is Haitian so it's actually refreshing hearing the perspective of things Haitian from actual Haitians. Yes, great that others write about Haiti, but who knows Haiti best. I love hearing the voice of those that have not been heard. It makes sense for Haitians to write about Haiti.

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mclarjh
May 22, 2015

Opportunistic book. Unfinished and disorganized. The introduction by Michaelle Jean is awful.

K_ROK Jan 28, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting this author and I have anticipated this book for a while. Dany is very smart and funny and other titles by him are worth the read. They are: "Heading South", "The Return" and "How to make love to a negro without getting tired." Awesome stuff :)

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