Antoine des Gommiers
“A book about the quest for the Haitian identity, both a magic tale and a painful everyday life account, between prosaicness and lyricism. ” — France Culture
“A humanist tale” “A fascinating reflection on the power of writing” — La Croix
“A little masterpiece able to seize what is the least translatable in the Haitian spirit and make it universal” — Le Temps
Ti Tony lives in a small room in Port-au-Prince with his brother Franky and their mother Antoinette. A lover of words and stories, Franky begins writing a book on Antoine des Gommiers, that peerless soothsayer held in such awe by Haitians. But the popularity of this shaman is not the only reason why he embarks on this literary project – Antoine des Gommiers is apparently the great-uncle of Antoinette. This family connection changes everything, even though Ti Tony himself will find that fiction is not necessarily a route to lucidity.
One of Lyonel Trouillot’s greatest novels in which filial love transcends poverty and literature wards off truth since, as he says, there is always a place for mystery in the real world.