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Solibo Magnificent

(1988)
A novel by

 
 
New York Times notable book of the year

In Fort-de-France, Martinique, a colorful group of musicians, street vendors, and hopeless disciples, including the author, gather under a tamarind tree to listen to legendary bard Solibo Magnificent spin tales. Suddenly, in the middle of a raucously entertaining story, Solibo drops dead. So entranced and drunken are his friends, they initially fail to realize that their hero has spoken his last word. One hysterical listener runs to find the doctor and inadvertently returns with the overly eager, sinister chief sergeant, who holds Solibo's friends under suspicion for murder. At turns a madcap murder mystery, a political satire, and a lament on the death of a treasured tradition, Solibo Magnificent is wildly imaginative and exuberantly lyrical.

Praise for Solibo Magnificent

"Both a meaty tale and a cry on behalf of a drowning culture . . . by a poet and a novelist with a raffishly human and lyrical touch." - Los Angeles Times

"A world class author . . . whose voice and imagination are like nothing you've read before." - The Washington Post Book World

    

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Used availability for Patrick Chamoiseau's Solibo Magnificent

Hardback Editions

February 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Solibo Magnificent
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-679-43236-1 / 978-0-679-43236-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

January 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Solibo Magnificent
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 1-86207-313-9 / 978-1-86207-313-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Solibo Magnificent (Vintage International)
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau, Rose-Myriam Rejouis, Val Vinokurov
ISBN: 0-679-75176-9 / 978-0-679-75176-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Solibo Magnificent
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 1-86207-028-8 / 978-1-86207-028-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


1998 : USA Paperback

Title: Solibo Magnificent
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-676-53748-0 / 978-0-676-53748-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Availability: Amazon