Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows by Patrick Chamoiseau

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Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows traces the rise and fall of Pipi Soleil, “king of the wheelbarrow” at the vegetable market of Fort-de-France, in a tale as lively and magical as the marketplace itself. In a Martinique where creatures from folklore walk the land and cultural traditions cling tenuously to life, Patrick Chamoiseau’s characters confront the crippling heritage of colonialism and the overwhelming advance of modernization with touching dignity, hilarious resourcefulness, and truly courageous joie de vivre.
 

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Patrick Chamoiseau’s novel Texaco won the Prix Goncourt in 1992. Linda Coverdale’s many translations include Chamoiseau’s School Days (Nebraska 1997), his Creole Folktales, and Jorge Semprun’s Literature or Life, winner of the 1997 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. Playwright, critic, essayist, and novelist Édouard Glissant is the author of The Fourth Century (Nebraska 2001).
 
Published October 1, 1999 by University of Nebraska Press. 226 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The lively antihero Pipi Soleil is an amoral “djobber” (deliveryman, at sea and ashore) who transports (and sometimes imperturbably murders) human cargo, contends in a (brilliantly described) wheelbarrow race, ineptly pursues the beauty of his dreams, and reluctantly guards a threatening zombie’s...

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An immensely engaging comic figure, Pipi is the catalyst for a host of interlocking stories involving everything from gravedigging to Aim C saire.

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Cloverdale's translation retains that flavour and sound, which means you may spend some time flipping to the notes in the back of the novel.

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Project MUSE

On its original publication in 1986, the first novel by Martinican Patrick Chamoiseau, Chronique des sept misères (Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows) announced the arrival of a distinctive new voice in Caribbean writing.

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