Manman! The End of the World at Carnaval

Manman. This deceivingly simple word means mother in Creole but is often used to express surprise—the Martinican equivalent of “wow!” Indeed, there is no better time to explore the complexities of this word than during Carnaval. Songs have been written to this word. Oaths have been taken with this word. This word is shouted from…

Fort-de-France

Fort-de-France became the capitol of Martinique after the 1902 eruption of Mont Pelée. The city is built into a hill, which makes it difficult to cross on foot. The cultural center of the city is near the gare des taxicos, which is right on the Baie and very convenient for people coming into the city…

Solibo Magnifique by Patrick Chamoiseau

Solibo Magnifique by Patrick Chamoiseau | Editions Gallimard | 1988 | French “Solibo Magnifique me disait : Oiseau de Cham, tu écris. Bon. Moi, Solibo, je parle. Tu vois la distance ? Dans ton livre sur Manman Dlo, tu veux capturer la parole à l’écriture, je vois le rythme que tu veux donner, comment tu…