Une Femme Chambardée [A Woman in Turmoil] is a new novel by Guadeloupean writer Dominique Lancastre.
Description: Helena, a woman abandoned by her husband, is left alone to raise her young son, Amédée. The author depicts a matriarchal society where the role of women is increasingly present in everyday life. A constant, daily struggle with men. Rising unemployment, problems of adaptation in a two-tier society. Helena is atypical, not very talkative; we follow her progress through the descriptions she wants to offer about what her real life is really like. Through these, we get a glimpse of the complexities of Guadeloupean society, with the Soufrière eruption in 1976 as a backdrop; eruption that drastically changed the tranquility of an island and disrupted its mores.
Dominique Lancastre was born in Guadeloupe. After obtaining his baccalaureate, he left Guadeloupe to study at Paris XII University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. He pursued his studies further in American Studies. His work, over that period of studies, was focused mainly around aspects of inequalities in schools and education in the United States, particularly during the 1960s.
He was a teacher for several schools and lycées in the Académie Paris Versailles Créteil. He is currently employed for British Airways. During this period working for British Airways and flying around the world, he became aware of the importance of his Creole culture and decided to write about it and to promote it. He published La Véranda (Éditions Beaurepaire, 2010) for which he won the Bal de Paris Award for Overseas Books in 2011. Une Femme chambardée (Éditions Edilivre, 2012) is his second novel.
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