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Patrick Chamoiseau - Identité créole

Patrick Chamoiseau - Identité créole

An exploration of the meaning of identity.

Patrick Chamoiseau is a French author from Martinique known for his work in the créolité movement. After he studied law in Paris he returned to Martinique inspired by Édouard Glissant to take a close interest in Creole culture. Chamoiseau is the author of a historical work on the Antilles under the reign of Napoléon Bonaparte and several non-fiction books which include 'Éloge de la créolité' (In Praise of Creoleness). His novel 'Texaco' was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1992, and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. It has been described as "a masterpiece, the work of a genius, a novel that deserves to be known as much as Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth and Cesaire’s Return to My Native Land".

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