- Marta, Jan
- Date of entry: May-15-2006
- Last revised: Dec-11-2006
Chamoiseau, a graduate student, arrives in Texaco, the illegal settlement above Fort-de-France, and is knocked unconscious by a rock. One volatile inhabitant has responded viscerally to the city official come to order the razing of his home. Others notice the coincidence between Chamoiseau's arrival and more positive events. Thus, in hope, and fear of police reprisal, they revive this "Christ," and bring him to Marie-Sophie Laborieux. In "the battle of her life" Texaco's founder begins to persuade the "Bird of Cham" to preserve her story and that of her people, to spare her town.
First published: 1992 (Gallimard, Paris). Translated by Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokurov (from the French and Creole). Chamoiseau won the Prix Goncourt for Texaco. He is an important figure in the Créolité movement.