Lyonel Trouillot


Lyonel Trouillot : Rozenberg QuarterlyLyonel Trouillot (born Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on December 31, 1956) is a novelist and poet in French and Haitian Creole, a journalist and a professor of French and Creole literature in Port-au-Prince. Lyonel Trouillot was born in a family of lawyers. The writer Évelyne Trouillot is his sister.

Following his parents’ divorce in the late 1960s, he went to the United States with his mother. He returned to Haiti at age 19, in 1975. Between 1980-82, political repression forced Trouillot to emigrate to Miami. He studied law, but he switched to literature early in his career.

Trouillot has contributed to different newspapers and magazines in Haiti. He has published poetry, and also writes song lyrics for such musical artists as Tambou Libète and Manno Charlemagne. Trouillot is a co-editor of the journal Cahiers du Vendredi. Along with his sister Evelyne Trouillat and her daughter Nadève Ménard, he founded a writer’s organisation named Pré-Texte.  In 2014 he wrote together with Raoul Peck and Pascal Bonitzer the script for Peck’s feature film Murder in Pacot.

Trouillot is known for his services to democracy in his country, and for his resistance to the Haitian dictatorship. He was part of the Collective Non of intellectuals and artists that helped to force out the democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He was a member of the transitional government following the departure of Aristide, as a cabinet minister of culture.

Selected Works:

  • Rue des pas perdus, Mémoire, Port-au-Prince, 1996.
  • Thérèse en mille morceaux, Actes Sud, Arles, 2000.
  • Les Enfants des héros, Actes Sud, Arles, 2002.
  • Bicentenaire, Actes Sud, Arles, 2004
  • L’Amour avant que j’oublie, Actes Sud, Arles, 2007.
  • Yanvalou pour Charlie, Actes Sud, Arles, 2009.
  • La Belle Amour humaine, Actes Sud, Arles, 2011.
  • Le Doux Parfum des temps à venir, Actes Sud, Arles, 2013
  • Parabole du failli, Actes Sud, Arles, 2013


Source: Universalis FR, Wikipedia, Indiana University, Harvard University, Faculty Webster, Ile en Ile.