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School Days (Chemin-d'Ecole) is a captivating narrative based on Patrick Chamoiseau's childhood in Fort-de-France, Martinique. It is a revelatory account of the colonial world that shaped one of the liveliest and most creative voices in French and Caribbean literature today.

Through the eyes of the boy Chamoiseau, we meet his severe, Francophile teacher, a man intent upon banishing all remnants of Creole from his students' speech. This domineering man is succeeded by an equally autocratic teacher, an Africanist and proponent of 'Negritude.' Along the way we are also introduced to Big Bellybutton, the class scapegoat, whose tales of Creole heroes and heroines, magic, zombies, and fantastic animals provide a fertile contrast to the imported French fairy tales told in school.

In prose punctuated by Creolisms and ribald humor, Chamoiseau infuses the universal terrors, joys, and disappointments of a child's early school days with the unique experiences of a Creole boy forced to confront the dominant culture in a colonial school. School Days mixes understanding with laughter, knowledge with entertainment - in ways that will fascinate and delight readers of all ages.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: School Days
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-8032-1477-4 / 978-0-8032-1477-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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Paperback Editions

April 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: School Days
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 1-86207-163-2 / 978-1-86207-163-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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March 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: School Days (St.in African Amer.History & Culture)
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-8032-6376-7 / 978-0-8032-6376-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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