Montreal author (and recent Q&Q cover star) Dany LaferriÃ¨re is on a roll lately. After winning the $10,000 Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix last week, he has now been named recipient of France’s illustrious Prix Medicis literary award, alongside U.S. author Dave Eggers.
According to AFP:
LaferriÃ¨re won the Medicis for L’enigme du retour (The Enigma of Return), a fictionalised account of the 56-year-old author’s soul-wrenching return to his native Haiti to attend his father’s funeral. Born in Port-au-Prince but now living in Montreal and Miami, LaferriÃ¨re has explored the themes of identity and exile in some 20 novels over the past 25 years.
LaferriÃ¨re won the French-language prize, while Eggers won the prize for best foreign novel for his 2006 work What Is the What? LafÃ¨rriere is only the second Canadian novelist to win the Medicis. The first was Marie-Claire Blais, who won in 1966 for Une saison dans la vie d’Emmanuel.