Aunt Resía and the Spirits: Stories by Yanick Lahens

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Translated by Betty Wilson

The Haiti of Yanick Lahens‘ path-breaking short fiction is a country demanding our compassion as it reveals to us its horrors. Through her elliptical and sharp style she succeeds in conveying the authenticity of her people’s tragic fight for survival within the scope of our shared human experience. Here is day-to-day life, packed with its myriad emotions, desires, and contradictions, against a backdrop of extraordinary circumstances.

The men and women glimpsed in Lahens’s stories are confronted with the overwhelming task of simply staying alive. In her work, she presents testimonies, opens intimacies, sometimes offers hope, but always returns to the despair afflicting Haiti, because lying within it is the key to her country.

This is the first collection of Lahens’s unforgettable short stories available in English.

READ “Soursop, Orange, and Lemongrass” FROM AUNT RESIA AND THE SPIRITS

Purchase a copy of Aunt Resía and the Spirits.

Read Sampsonia Way‘s feature on Haitian literature

About the Author

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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