The Immortal Dany Laferrière

In April, we published a wonderfully long and in-depth interview with Dany Laferrière conducted in French by Salon .ll. editor Annie Heminway. We're reprinting this today to honour now "immortal" Dany Laferrière, who has just been admitted to the Académie française.

Here's the link to the interview.

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