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Poetic (Re)Turn in Dany Laferrière's L'Énigme du retour

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Dany Laferrière's 2009 novel, L'Énigme du retour, enacts a poetic turn that is also, however, a return (both to the genre of poetry and to a 'temps perdu', which is superimposed on the emigrant writer's 'pays perdu'). As such, this work inflects a personal narrative with collective, political resonance and with added literary and aesthetic value. Formally, structurally and discursively, it mediates a historically resonant, proto-bardic ethos, connecting across time with a universal tradition of poetically addressing politically and culturally significant questions, including those related to human engagement with place and displacement.
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Keywords: DANY LAFERRIÈRE; DEATH; L'ÉNIGME DU RETOUR; NARRATIVE FORM; POETIC TRADITION; POETRY; RHYTHM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 13, 2018

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