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René Depestre (1926-)
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A prominent figure in contemporary Haitian literature, Depestre is a Communist, and his first works reveal his revolutionary doctrine Pour la révolution, pour la poésie, 1974 ; Poète à Cuba, 1976). At the same time, he was writing "solar love stories" like Alleluïa pour une femme-jardin (1973) that mingles poetry and eroticism. He received France’s Renaudot literary prize in 1988 for his novel Hadriana dans tous mes rêves.

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