Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


Motivated by the need to be heard and to express a Madagascan cry suffocated by colonial and postcolonial history, the work of writer J.-L. Raharimanana fi ts remarkably well in the francophone literary landscape. It is characterised by writing in constant oxymoronic tension between violence and poetry. Once associated with humour and poetry, violence, portrayed as a residual component of colonial times, becomes energy to be recycled. This innovative force is at the origin of the author’s verbal and generic creativity. The aesthetic of violence in Rharimanana’s texts upholds a profoundly singular poetic and leads to the conclusion that the modernity of the work resides in the writing.



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