Kanak Apple Season: Selected Short Fiction of Dewe Gorode by Dewe Gorode

By Dewe Gorode

This assortment is the 1st English translation of Dewe Gordoe's paintings, and is a part of Pandanus' efforts to convey Francophone writing to the eye of readers world wide. A awesome assortment reflecting the ethnic complexities of the colonial earlier of recent Caledonia, the author's method of language unearths an unique voice that compels cognizance. Drawing at the history of blood-lines, relations, cultural culture and colonialism, Gorode takes her reader on a trip into the Kanak global, supplying interesting perception into the tradition of latest Caledonia, instantly either Pacific island and French colonial ownership.

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210. I am indebted to Jean-Claude Rivierre for information on this historical context. 13–20. , Robert Viau, Publications MNH, Beauport, Canada, 2000. Gorodé’s use of the imperfect tense, for example, often assimilates the actions of people to the time and space in which they find themselves. Description is not gratuitous, it does not serve the purpose of providing mere décor or setting. For Gorodé, the frame of reference, the cadre, the place, are very important. In fact, the whole relation to topography, to the lie of the land, determines one’s being in the world.

Accord de Nouméa, Section 5, ‘L’évolution de l’organisation politique de la Nouvelle-Calédonie’. See, for example, Alban Bensa and Jean-Claude Rivierre, ‘De quelques genres littéraires dans la tradition oral paicî’, in Journal de la Société des Océanistes, No. 50, t. 31–64. Georges Baudoux, Légendes canaques 1. 8. The publishing house, Grain de Sable, has been producing critical editions of Mariotti’s collected works in 13 volumes (1996–2003). 41. 42. 138. A cinematic adaptation of this novel was shown in early May 1998 on the French channel ARTE, in celebration of the signing in Noumea of the Accord de Nouméa by the FLNKS-RPCR leaders and Lionel Jospin and Jean-Jacques Queyranne, French Prime Minister and Overseas Territories Minister respectively, on behalf of the French State.

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