Frankétienne (Haiti)

Born in 1936 in Artibonite, Haiti, and the author of over 40 books in all genres (novel, poetry, drama) Étienne, Franck a.k.a. Frankétienne, is today a major figures in Caribbean literature. A writer of all subjects, he is one of the few to write with strength and happiness in two major literary languages of the Caribbean: French and Haitian. In 1979, the French magazine Demain l'Afrique devoted four pages to his writings; in 1982, Marie-Michèle Amédée devoted her master's thesis from the Université de Montréal on Dézaf, which plays a founding role for the new generation of the "créolité" from Martinique (see Lettres créoles, 1991); Kaselezo was presented at the Beaubourg in Paris in 1986 and, as well as in 1987, at the Theatre Festival of the Americas in Montreal; that same year the magazine Dérives (Montreal) devoted a special issue to him. In 1997, Pèlin-Tet is presented for the first time in English as The Noose at the New Immigrant Theatre Festival of New York, then it is reissued in 2002 in a new Haitian version by The Institute of Haitian Studies (University of Kansas). In 1998, his first book, L'Oiseau schizophone, is reprinted in Paris by Jean-Michel Place who later take Les Affres d'un défi. Finally the publication house Vents d'Ailleurs reissued eight volumes Les Métamorphoses de l'Oiseau schizophone in 2004-2005.

In the early 1970s Frankétienne founded with fellow writers and friends Jean-Claude Fignolé and René Philoctetes, the literary movement Spiralisme, which proposes the bursting of forms, of genres, and the imagination. Also an actor, director and painter, Frankétienne shares his time between writing, theatre, painting, and travel. In 2010, Frankétienne was appointed UNESCO Artist for peace by the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

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