Title: Creole Folktales
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1994. New Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale. 113 pages. hardcover. 1565841859. keywords: Martinique Caribbean Black Literature Translated. inventory # 25487. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In this unusual collection of stories and fables, 1992 Goncourt prize-winner Patrick Chamoiseau re-creates in truly magical language the stories he heard as a child in Martinique in his first book to be published in the U.S. Included are delightfully coarse and lively folktales incorporating European and African motifs and stories apparently handed down from the time of slavery. In one, ‘Ti-Jean Horizon,’ the eponymous hero repeatedly outwits his Beke (white) master, as does Conquering John in African American tales. Others warn of the danger of foolish behavior, as in ‘Nanie-Rosette the Belly-Slave,’ of whom the storyteller remarks ‘Quite a pretty name for a disaster with an abyss for a stomach, a riverbed for a throat. In short, Nanie-Rosette loved to eat, oh yes.’ Her gluttony leads to her downfall at the hands of a devil. The lyric language here is often bawdy, even in a uniquely Martinique variant of the Cinderella tale. Witty asides enrich these fables and allegories, though their protagonists are poor, enslaved people striving to survive in a politically hostile world. The stories have a contemporary edge that transcends their colonial roots. . Bookseller Inventory # 25487
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