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Ton Beau Capitaine Simone Schwarz-Bart

Ton Beau Capitaine

Simone Schwarz-Bart

Published December 31st 1987
ISBN : 9782020098328
Paperback
57 pages
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Simone Schwarz-Bart (née Brumant) is a French novelist and playwright of Gouadeloupean origin.Simone Brumant was born on January 8, 1938 at Saintes in the Charente-Maritime province of France. Her place of birth is not clear, however, as she has also stated that she was born in Pointe-à-Pitre.Her parents were originally from Guadeloupe. Her father was a soldier while her mother was a teacher. When the Second World War broke out, her father stayed in France to fight, while she and her mother returned to Guadeloupe.She studied at Pointe-à-Pitre, followed by Paris and Dakar.At age 18, while studying in Paris, she met her future husband, André Schwarz-Bart, who encouraged her to take up writing as a career. They married in 1960, and lived at various times in Senegal, Switzerland, Paris, and Guadeloupe.Schwarz-Bart has at one time run a Creole furniture business as well as a restaurant.Her husband died in 2006. They have two sons, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, a noted jazz saxophonist, and Bernard Schwarz-Bart.She currently lives in Goyave, a small village in Guadeloupe.In 1967, together with her husband, André Schwarz-Bart, she wrote Un plat de porc aux bananas vertes, a historical novel exploring the parallels in the exiles of Caribbeans and Jews. In 1972, they published La Mulâtresse Solitude. In 1989, they wrote a six-volume encyclopaedia Hommage à la femme noire (In Praise of Black Women), to honour the black heroines who were missing in the official historiography.Despite being mentioned as her husbands collaborator in their works, critics have often attributed full authorship to André Schwarz-Bart, and only his name appears in the French edition of La Mulâtresse Solitude. Her authorship is acknowledged, however, in the English translation of the book.In 1972, Schwarz-Bart wrote Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle, which is considered one of the masterpieces of Caribbean literature. In 1979, she published Ti jean lhorizon.Schwarz-Bart has also written for the theatre: Ton beau capitaine was a well-received play in one act.(from Wikipedia)