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Solibo Magnificent

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Written by Patrick ChamoiseauAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Patrick Chamoiseau

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
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  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: March 30, 1999
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-75176-2 (0-679-75176-9)
about this book

A New York Times notable book of the yearIn Fort-de-France, Martinique, a colorful group of musicians, street vendors, and hopeless disciples, including the author, gather under a tamarind tree to listen to legendary bard Solibo Magnificent spin tales.  Suddenly, in the middle of a raucously entertaining story,  Solibo drops dead.  So entranced and drunken are his friends, they initially fail to realize that their hero has spoken his last word.  One hysterical listener runs to find the doctor and inadvertently returns with the overly eager, sinister chief segeant, who holds Solibo's friends under suspicion for murder.At turns a madcap murder mystery, a political satire, and a lament on the death of a treasured tradition, Solibo Magnificent is wildly imaginative and exuberantly lyrcal.Praise for Solibo Magnificent:"Both a meaty tale and a cry on behalf of a drowning culture...by a poet and a novelist with a raffishly human and lyrical touch."
--Los Angeles Times"A world class author...whose voice and imagination are like nothing you've read before."
--The Washington Post Book World"Steeped in vibrant color and lush vegetation, in the hot spices and oppresive sun of the tropics, the prose bristles with sensual energy."
--St. Petersburg Times