New Edition: Lyne-Marie Stanley’s “La saison des abattis”

Île en île’s Thomas Spear informs us that Lyne-Marie Stanley’s first novel La saison des abattis has been released this year by Ibis Rouge Éditions. According to Spear, it was first published in 1996 (Association Guyanaise d’Édition) and was sold out in a few years.

Excerpt (from Île en île):  She was born in the season of the barricades, an October morning in a town whose name thunders and where she had spent forty years of her life. She was granddaughter of slaves and daughter of nèg’marron, and she was proud it. Being the daughter of a nèg’marron was something. Her parents were part of a group of black people who had excelled in the art of marronage. They fought to preserve their freedom and had settled in the heart of the forest, of which they knew all its secrets. Paulina’s childhood was filled with lullabies based on the narrative of the battles of her ancestors. They had spoken to her of their courage, their bravery. They also told her that they were betrayed by one of their own, during the time of Governor Victor Hugues.

Tonton Filo spent his time telling their stories: Adome, Simon, Pompée. He repeated to all that would listen that the nèg’marrons were strong and valiant men. They had no fear of the white men who ruled, or soldiers that were sent to chase them into the forest. The children laughed and treated Tonton Filo like a madman. He was so old! He muttered incessantly under his white beard and almost always remained sitting at the door of his hut. Some friends brought him food and drink. Paulina loved him very much and enjoyed to listening to him. These childhood days rendered her full of nostalgia…

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