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Flame Tree Lane
Lenpas Flanbwayan

By Dev Virahsawmy Translated by Shawkat M. Toorawa

Flame Tree Lane
Paperback, 186 pages £9.99
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780953991648
Format: 215mm x 139mm
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Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History, Pink Pigeon Press

Lenpas Flanbwayanappears here in print for the first time, accompanied by a translation into English by Shawkat M. Toorawa. Like much of Virahsawmy's oeuvre, this novella engages with questions such as economic development, environmental stewardship, political will, and social justice and inequality. The book opens with a Foreword by noted scholar Françoise Lionnet and closes with a bibliography of Virahsawmy's literary works prepared by Toorawa. 

“Lenpas Flanbwayan is an ode to Mauritius, a memoir of local people and places, and a parable in defense of our fragile planet. Virahsawmy achieves all of this in a language that is as poetic as it is prophetic, and his intervention contributes to global debates about politics, history, geography and identity. Can literature help us reimagine the future in order to renew our commitment to justice and freedom, to promote change and to protect our habitat? The novella answers with a resounding “Yes” to this age-old question about the role of writers and artists in the public sphere of democracy.”

from the Foreword by Françoise Lionnet

Dev Virahsawmy is a prolific Mauritian author who has also been active in politics, pedagogy and in promoting Mauritian Creole (Morisien). His literary works include the award-winning play, Li, and Toufann, the acclaimed adaptation of The Tempest.

Françoise Lionnet is Professor in Comparative Literature, French and Francophone Studies, and Gender Studies at UCLA.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 186 pages
 215mm x 139mm

BIC Code:
 1HSU, F
 Pink Pigeon Press


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