Books by Patrick Chamoiseau

Released: Nov. 19, 1999

"Don't be surprised if the accomplished Chamoiseau emerges as one of the new century's leading Nobel prize candidates."
Chronicle Of The Seven Sorrows ($25.00; Nov. 19; 226 pp.; 0-8032-1495-2) The first novel (published in 1986 in France) by the Martiniquean author of Texaco and Solibo Magnificent, among other colorful fiction and autobiography, is a raffish mock epic celebration of his island homeland's energetically mixed (French and Creole) language and culture. Read full book review >
SEVEN DREAMS OF ELMIRA by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A minor but charming addition to Chamoiseau's exotic and distinctive oeuvre."
Seven Dreams Of Elmira ($20.00; Aug.; 64 pp.; photographs by Jean-Luc Laguardique; 1-58195-002-0): This quaint and curious little volume combines a number of striking photographs (black and white and color landscapes and portraits) that celebrate the West Indian island of Martinique with a terse prose poem written by that island's most successful literary export: the Creole-born author of such lush, exuberant fictions as Texaco (1997) and Solibo Magnificent (1998). Read full book review >
CHILDHOOD by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: Feb. 25, 1999

"This autobiographical fragment may not dim Chamoiseau's growing reputation but it won—t illuminate it either."
paper 0-8032-6382-1 A prequel to Chamoiseau's School Days (1997), this slim, sometimes rambling, sometimes stirringly poignant account covers the novelist's (Texaco, 1997, etc.) early childhood between first cognition and education. Read full book review >
SOLIBO MAGNIFICENT by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: March 1, 1998

"A wonderful novel well served by a helpful Glossary and Afterword, as well as by a superlative translation that brings its exotic world exhilaratingly close to our own."
A captivatingly exotic earlier novel (written in 1988) by the Martiniquean author of the Prix Goncourtwinning Texaco (1993). Read full book review >
SCHOOL DAYS by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: March 19, 1997

"Sometimes reading like an archetypal narrative of cultural domination, sometimes like an intimate memory from one's own childhood, this memoir rewards the effort to learn its language."
Having already evoked the Creole experience in folktale (Creole Folktales, 1995) and novel (Texaco, 1997, which won France's Prix Goncourt), Martinique's Chamoiseau proves an inventive memoirist in his account of a boy's struggle to keep his identity in a school committed to crushing it. Read full book review >
TEXACO by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

This dense, crowded, intricately constructed novel—a fictional history of the Caribbean underclass in the century-and-a- half since the abolition of slavery—won for Martinique's Chamoiseau the prestigious Goncourt Prize in 1993. Read full book review >
CREOLE FOLKTALES by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"But the evil characters are caricatures; others are generally so unpleasant that readers will not be moved to root for them. (Folklore. 11+)"
Chamoiseau, who is French, makes his U.S. debut with a collection of folktales based on the ones he listened to as a child. Read full book review >