The Colour of Dawn (Paperback)

By Yanick Lahens, Alison Layland

Seren, 9781781720578, 160pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2013

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In Port au Prince, Haiti, the police roam the streets and no one is safe. Fignolé, a musician and political radical, is missing. His sisters Joyeuse and Angelique search for their young brother amid the colorful bustle, urban deprivation, and political tension of the city; when they eventually locate him, they will have found more about themselves than they wanted to know. This story explores one day and three lives in a city where love is hard to find, life is cheap, and death is all too familiar. It is the tense, passionate, and vividly told story of small victories of hope in the face of a seemingly impossible fight against a monolithic regime.

About the Author

Yanick Lahens is a former literature professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure, part of the University of Haiti, and the author of "Dans la maison du pere" as well as books of essays on Haiti and other places. She is also the recipient of the Prix litteraire Richelieu de la Francophonie and the Prix Millepages. Alison Layland is a professional translator, a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, an associate of the Welsh Academi, and the recipient of the Translators House Wales Oxfam Cymru 2010 Translation Challenge."