"Chamoiseau is a writer who has the sophistication of the modern novelist, and it is from that position (as an heir of Joyce and Kafka) that he holds out his hand to the oral prehistory of literature."
Of black Martinican provenance, Patrick Chamoiseau gives us "Texaco (winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize), an international literary achievement, tracing one hundred and fifty years of post-slavery Caribbean history: a novel that is as much about self-affirmation engendered by memory as it is about a quest for the adequacy of its own form.
In a narrative composed of short sequences, each recounting episodes or developments of moment, and interspersed with extracts from fictive notebooks and from statements by an urban planner, Marie-Sophie Laborieux, the saucy, aging daughter of a slave affranchised by his master, tells the story of the tormented foundation of her people's identity. The shantytown established by Marie-Sophie is menaced from without by hostile landowners and from within by the volatility of its own provisional state. Hers is a brilliant polyphonic rendering of individual stories informed by rhythmic orality and subversive humor that shape a collective experience.
A joyous affirmation of literature that brings to mind Boccaccio, La Fontaine, Lewis Carroll, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Joyce, "Texaco is a work of rare power and ambition, a masterpiece.
65 pages matching fellow in this book
Results 1-3 of 65
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Christs coming according to Irene 11The Christs coming according
Grandpapa of the dungeon 35Grandmama laundress 38
6 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
Adrienne Carmelite Lapidaille affranchis Aime Cesaire Alcibiade Arcadius asbestos asked Basile beautiful became began beke Beke's belly Big Hutch blackgirl blackmen Bosses breadfruit brought called Carib Cesaire chabin City City's coolie crate wood Creole Doum dreams Ester Esternome Esternome's everything eyes fellow felt Fort-de-France France French garden Gaulle Gros-Joseph hand head heart hills Idomenee Julot knew land slaves leave lived logwood Lonyon looked Mano Castrador Marie-Clemence MARIE-SOPHIE LABORIEUX maroons Martinique memory Mentoh milatoes Monsieur Alcibiade Morne Abelard mulattoes Nelta never night Ninon NOTEBOOK Nouteka papa Esternome Papa Totone Peloponese plantation Quarter Saint-Pierre Sainte-Therese Savanna SCHCELCHER LIBRARY seemed seyaress shadow sharks silence skin smell soon sweet tell Texaco things thought Ti-Cirique took town council tree turned urban planner voice walked wanted wind woman WORD SCRATCHER