- 5 years ago
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".