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“Grand Port: Untold Stories”

    OUVRAGE PUBLIÉ À LONDRES “Grand Port: Untold Stories” CRIOS (Centre for Research on Indian Ocean Societies) Vient de paraître à Londres, la toute dernière publication de CRIOS (Centre for Research on Indian Ocean Societies), Grand Port: Untold Stories, avec pour auteurs Marina Carter et Mark S. Hall. “Zistwar Jouan” de L.D.C. Cuniah y figure également. Cet ouvrage propose aux...

‘Repiblik Zanimo’

Is it possible to separate art and politics? Is it possible to put aside the environment and the political events surrounding an artist’s career or work? In terms of comic strips and books, it seems obvious that the answer is negative. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the policy of « Zaïrianization » and the setting up of a dictatorial regime with all its consequences (censorship and control of the press amongst...

Companions of Misfortune

BOOK REVIEW   Companions of Misfortune: Flinders and Friends at the Isle of France, 1803-1810   In 1803, Captain Matthew Flinders, returning from an important voyage of discovery, was imprisoned on the then French island of Mauritius. This book tells the story of his 6 ½  year exile and of the men and women there who befriended him. These were the tumultuous times of the Napoleonic Wars and the Indian Ocean was...

Malcolm de Chazal – Histoires Étranges…...

NEW PUBLICATION: Malcolm de Chazal, Histoires Étranges suivi de Fabliaux de Colloques Magiques, Arma Artis (France), novembre 2010. A new book in French has just appeared about iconic Mauritian author and artist, Malcolm de Chazal. As this book is in French, we provide a summary of the content, also in that language. Présentation de Robert Furlong et remarques introductives du Professeur Irving Weiss. ISBN...

Relics from 1810?

The Powder Mills Badges Radhakrishna Ramasawmy Following a stint of volunteer work with the Dutch archaeological team excavating at the Fort Frederik Hendrik in 1997 and 1999, Van Lanza (see tribute at the end of this article) and the author of this study went on to explore the possible route taken by the British army in 1810 after their landing at Mapou Bay. It was our opinion that such a mass of soldiers marching would...

Last Years of the Isle of France [1800-14]

  Last Years of the Isle of France [1800-14] ‘YOU HAVE KEPT THE PORT AND YOU HAVE GIVEN BACK THE VOLCANO!’ This was French King Louis XVIII’s comment after the Congress of Vienna in 1815. 5 years previously, in 1810, British forces had conquered the French controlled Mascarene Islands in the southwest Indian Ocean. The King’s remark came after learning  that at the Vienna peace conference, the British...