Very nice review by Madison Smartt Bell of Haitian-born novelist Dany Laferrière’s latest book, a memoir of sorts, The World is Moving Around Me. You’ll perhaps remember him from 2011’s I Am a Japanese Writer.
Laferrière always has two items on his person: his passport and “a black notebook in which I write down everything that crosses my field of vision or my mind.” The World is Moving Around Me is constructed as an anthology of these immediate impressions, recorded from the moment when “We slowly got to our feet like zombies in a B-movie,” to begin exploring a country that had just had its recent hopes of progress sliced out from under it. “In less than a minute, some saw their lifelong dreams go up in smoke. That cloud in the sky a while back was the dust of their dreams.”