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Of black Martinican provenance, Patrick Chamoiseau gives us Texaco (winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize), an international literary achievement, tracing one hundred and fifty years of post-slavery Caribbean history: a novel that is as much about self-affirmation engendered by memory as it is about a quest for the adequacy of its own form.

In a narrative composed of short sequences, each recounting episodes or developments of moment, and interspersed with extracts from fictive notebooks and from statements by an urban planner, Marie-Sophie Laborieux, the saucy, aging daughter of a slave affranchised by his master, tells the story of the tormented foundation of her people's identity. The shantytown established by Marie-Sophie is menaced from without by hostile landowners and from within by the volatility of its own provisional state. Hers is a brilliant polyphonic rendering of individual stories informed by rhythmic orality and subversive humor that shape a collective experience.

A joyous affirmation of literature that brings to mind Boccaccio, La Fontaine, Lewis Carroll, Montaigne, Rabelais, and Joyce, Texaco is a work of rare power and ambition, a masterpiece.

    

"Chamoiseau is a writer who has the sophistication of the modern novelist, and it is from that position (as an heir of Joyce and Kafka) that he holds out his hand to the oral prehistory of literature." - Milan Kundera

"A great book has been written... one with [a] melodic voice and amplitude of heart." - Derek Walcott


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Texaco
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau, Rose-Myriam Rejouis, Val Vinokurov
ISBN: 1-4395-0142-4 / 978-1-4395-0142-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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June 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Texaco
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-517-44975-7 / 978-0-517-44975-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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February 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Texaco
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-679-43235-3 / 978-0-679-43235-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon Books / Random House, Inc.
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March 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: Texaco
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 1-86207-007-5 / 978-1-86207-007-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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Paperback Editions

March 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Texaco
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 1-86207-046-6 / 978-1-86207-046-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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February 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Texaco: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick Chamoiseau
ISBN: 0-679-75175-0 / 978-0-679-75175-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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