The Island Martinique by John Edgar Wideman
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In this compelling travel memoir, two-time PEN/Faulkner Award winner John Edgar Wideman explores Martinique's seductive natural beauty and culture, as well as its vexed history of colonial violence and racism. Attempting to decipher the strange, alluring mixture of African and European that is Creole, he and his French traveling companion develop a powerful attraction to one another which they find at once threatened and elevated by a third party—the island itself. A rich intersection of place, history, and the intricacies of human relations, Wideman's story gets deep into the Caribbean and close to the heart of the Creole experience.

About John Edgar Wideman

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John Edgar Wideman is the only author to have won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice—for the novelSent for You Yesterday in 1984, and forPhiladelphia Fire in 1990. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the American Book Award, the MacArthur Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. His latest book, the acclaimed memoir,Hoop Roots,was published in 2001. 
Published June 15, 2011 by National Geographic. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Given "the opportunity to go anywhere in the world and write about it," the distinguished and prolific novelist, autobiographer, story writer and essayist Wideman chose to spend three winter weeks on Martinique.

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