By Jean Marc Ah-Sen
Mauritian Kreol, English, and French mix jointly right into a heady brew of language in Grand Menteur. Written in a nuanced kind reflecting the island-nation's convoluted background of colonialism, this debut novel by means of Jean Marc Ah-Sen sheds an unflinching gentle at the poverty and down-and-out trouble of a shadow category of immigrants from the Forties to the '80s.
Their tale, with parts of child/parent kin and the tumultuous feelings tied to leaving domestic for greener pastures, will resonate with readers acquainted with diasporic fiction, event and travelogue writing, and 'lock, inventory and barrel' British crime fiction.
Praise for Grand Menteur:
"Jean Marc Ah-Sen's Grand Menteur is a blinding exhibit of diction, full of Mauritian Kreol, Latin tags and masterful English, with very good narrative momentum. From the island of Mauritius to the island of britain and later, homeless shelters in Toronto, it's a attention-grabbing tale of Mauritian road gangs, emigration, capers that don’t pay, and a father-daughter courting like no different. Jean Marc Ah-Sen’s Grand Menteur is voice-driven fiction at its lyrical best."
—John Goldbach, writer of The satan and The Detective
“What a wierd and outstanding publication — it reads like a magic trick no one’s ever performed prior to or a fantasy of a fantasy — it’s too mysterious, too unique, too humorous, too natural, too profound to be the paintings of a mortal being.” — Lee Henderson
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