Being rational and Cartesian, the detective novel is often bound by powerful constraints which seem not very compatible with the supernatural and the fantastic often defining West Indian writing. Through the analysis of Martinican Patrick Chamoiseau’s Solibo Magnifique (1988) and Haitian Gary Victor’s Les cloches de la Brésilienne (2006), we will nevertheless see how well they work together, the irrational taking hold of the detective novel, leading paradoxically to the progressive elimination of Cartesian practices and challenging an exclusively rational portrayal of the world.
"Enquêtes occultistes : les policiers antillais face au surnaturel,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 72
, Article 6.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol72/iss1/6