Patrick Chamoiseau

Patrick Chamoiseau is a French author from Martinique known for his work in the créolité movement.


Chamoiseau was born on December 3, 1953 in Fort-de-France, Martinique, where he currently resides. He studied law in Paris. Chamoiseau is the author of a historical work on the Antilles under the reign of Napoléon Bonaparte and several non-fiction books which include Eloge de la créolité (In Praise of Creoleness), co-authored with Jean Bernabé and Raphaël Confiant. His novel Texaco was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1992), and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Chamoiseau may also safely be considered as one of the most innovative writers to hit the French literary scene since Louis-Ferdinand Céline. His freeform use of French language — a highly complex yet fluid mixture of constant invention and "creolism" — fuels a poignant and sensuous depiction of Martinique people in particular and humanity at large.



  • Chronique des sept misères (1986)
  • Solibo magnifique (1988)
  • Antan d'enfance (1990). Republished as Une Enfance créole 1, Antan d'enfance avec une nouvelle préface (1996).
  • Texaco (1992)
  • Chemin d'école (1994). Republished as Une Enfance créole II, Chemin d'école (1996) (published in English under the title "School Days")
  • L'Esclave vieil homme et le molosse(1997)
  • Biblique des derniers gestes (2002)
  • À Bout d'enfance (2005)



  • "Monsieur Coutcha", under the name "Abel", with Tony DELSHAM (one of the first caribbean cartoons, published during the 1970).

Children's literature

  • Emerveilles (1998)


  • "Eloge de la créolité" (with Jean Bernabé et Raphaël Confiant) (1989)
  • "Lettres créoles. Tracées antillaises et continentales de la littérature" (with Raphaël Confiant) (1991)
  • "Martinique" (with V. Renaudeau) (1994)
  • "Guyane: Traces-Mémoires du bagne" (1994)
  • "Ecrire en pays dominé" (1997)
  • "Elmire des sept bonheurs: confidences d'un vieux travailleur de la distillerie Saint-Etienne" (1998)

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