ANTOINE OF GOMMIERS
Schaffner Press Inc
Who is Antoine of Gommiers? A prophet, seer, matchmaker, trickster, or huckster-- or does he even exist? In this satirical novel tinged with magical realism, Haitian novelist Lyonel Trouillot (Kannjawou) paints a richly textured portrait of life in his native country overseen by supernatural forces where the worlds of dream and reality co-exist. With alternating chapters that reveal the day to day struggles in the capital city of Port-au-Prince of two twin brothers, Ti-Tony, a small time hoodlum, and Franky, a wheel-chair-bound folklorist who is writing a biography of the mythic titular Antoine, the worlds of rural and urban Haiti are brought to colorful and vibrant life, with gangsters, prostitutes, and pilgrims who travel from afar to seek the advice of the mysterious Antoine presiding in his white linen suit and melon-colored hat.