Texaco: Roman Patrick Chamoiseau

ISBN: 9782724272734

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432 pages


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Texaco: Roman  by  Patrick Chamoiseau

Texaco: Roman by Patrick Chamoiseau
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In Texaco, Patrick Chamoiseau is not scared of reimagining history in order to illuminate an essential truth about his homeland, Martinique. Through his narrator, Marie-Sophie Laborieux, a daughter of slaves, he chronicles 150 years in the history ofMoreIn Texaco, Patrick Chamoiseau is not scared of reimagining history in order to illuminate an essential truth about his homeland, Martinique.

Through his narrator, Marie-Sophie Laborieux, a daughter of slaves, he chronicles 150 years in the history of Martinique, starting with the birth of Marie-Sophies beloved father, Esternome, on a sugar plantation sometime in the early 19th century. It ends with her founding Texaco, a shanty town built on the grounds of an old oil refinery on the outskirts of Fort-de-France. What happens in-between is an astounding flight of imagination and language that rivals the works of Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Chamoiseau begins in the present with the arrival of an urban planner, whom the residents of Texaco mistake for Christ.

It then spins back in time to the birth of Esternome and the death of his father, who was suspected of witchcraft by a white plantation owner. In myriad short sequences, the novel follows Esternomes progress as he is first freed by his master, then drawn away from the plantation by the lure of St. Pierre--City in the minds of the disenfranchised black population of Martinique. He is eventually washed up on the outskirts of Fort-de-France, which becomes City after St. Pierre is destroyed by a volcanic eruption. With the birth of Marie-Sophie, Chamoiseau takes the reader into the present century--through two world wars, riots, famine, political turmoil.

The tension always simmers between City, a metaphor for France, and the countryside where black Martiniques collective consciousness resides.



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