Black Sugar

Black Sugar

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Overview

'A beautifully crafted tale of how small loves can grow into the big ones, often quite unexpectedly.’ The Irish Times

A prize-winning author's magical realist fable about greed and corruption in Venezuela, Black Sugar gives a fascinating view of the country's social and economic development throughout the twentieth century through the story of a family of sugarcane growers. It tells of buried treasure and the legendary privateer Henry Morgan.
On the edge of the Latin American rainforest, the Oteros family farm sugar cane in their remote corner of the earth.
Cut off entirely from the modern world, life is peaceful, uneventful. Until, that is, a succession of ships arrive in search of Henry Morgan’s legendary lost treasure, said to be buried deep beneath the forest floor.
Soon, the isolated villagers are exposed to all the trappings of modernity, while the travellers’ search for booty unearths more than anybody could have anticipated…
And so it was that the treasure lay buried amid scraps of sail and a pirate’s corpse, preserved within the belly of the Caribbean…

Reviews
‘Gallic Books have a lovely knack for publishing quirky and engaging novels, often compact and always accessible. Miguel Bonnefoy continues that tradition with his intriguing second novel, Black Sugar. With a pitch-perfect translation by Emily Boyce, this is a beautifully crafted tale of how small loves can grow into the big ones, often quite unexpectedly.’ The Irish Times
‘Its lyricism and vivid descriptions of a tropical landscape make it worth stopping by for.’ The Big Issue
‘An astonishing novel about the rise and fall of a family over time… Black Sugar is not to be missed.’ Portland Review of Books
‘Simply written, Miguel Bonnefoy’s story almost reads like a fable, weaving themes of greed and corruption into a pirate drama.’ World Literature Today
‘Bonnefoy’s French and South American heritage infuse the novel, it combines the best of the European tradition and magical realism. It’s a mix of folklore and exotic storytelling. Rich in description, lyrical, elegant and fantastical.’ Nudge Magazine
‘Entirely satisfying (…) Black Sugar holds its own in the Latin American magical-realism tradition.’ Foreword Reviews
‘Black Sugar comes out at a time when Venezuela is in the news for violence and turmoil. But Bonnefoy’s prose bursts with pride for the region and its people, particularly the farms and farmers. At the same time, he acknowledges the colonizing forces that fomented unrest, whose influence is felt today as the country destabilizes. It’s an important book to read right now, for even though it’s fantastical fiction, it gives the reader context for the next headline.’ Necessary Fiction
‘Black Sugar is a beautiful generational saga akin to One Hundred Years of Solitude or The House of the Spirits … Bonnefoy never loses his own voice and continues to write with strokes of brilliant colours and sounds.’ The Book Bag
‘Rich in sensuous imagery and wonderful descriptions.’ Trip Fiction
Black Sugar stands out as one of the beautiful surprises of this autumn … Here, everything is lived to the full, love passion and desire for power, fidelity and ambition.’ L’Express

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910477526
Publisher: Gallic Books Limited
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Miguel Bonnefoy was born in France in 1986 to a Venezuelan mother and a Chilean father. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Prix du Jeune Ecrivain. His first novel, Octavio's Journey, has sold more than 25,000 copies in France and has been awarded the Prix Edmée de la Rochefoucauld, Prix de la Vocation and Prix Fénéon, was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt First Novel Award and was highly commended by the Prix des Cinq Continents.

What People are Saying About This

Foreword Reviews

'Entirely satisfying (…) Black Sugar holds its own in the Latin American magical-realism tradition.’

The Book Bag

'Black Sugar is a beautiful generational saga akin to One Hundred Years of Solitude or The House of the Spirits ... Bonnefoy never loses his own voice and continues to write with strokes of brilliant colours and sounds.' 

The Big Issue

‘Its lyricism and vivid descriptions of a tropical landscape make it worth stopping by for.’

Nudge Magazine

'Bonnefoy’s French and South American heritage infuse the novel, it combines the best of the European tradition and magical realism. It’s a mix of folklore and exotic storytelling. Rich in description, lyrical, elegant and fantastical.' 

L'Express

'Black Sugar stands out as one of the beautiful surprises of this autumn ... Here, everything is lived to the full, love passion and desire for power, fidelity and ambition.' 

Necessary Fiction

'Black Sugar comes out at a time when Venezuela is in the news for violence and turmoil. But Bonnefoy’s prose bursts with pride for the region and its people (...) It’s an important book to read right now.'

The Irish Times

'Gallic Books have a lovely knack for publishing quirky and engaging novels, often compact and always accessible. Miguel Bonnefoy continues that tradition with his intriguing second novel, Black Sugar (...) With a pitch-perfect translation by Emily Boyce, this is a beautifully crafted tale of how small loves can grow into the big ones, often quite unexpectedly.'

Trip Fiction

'Rich in sensuous imagery and wonderful descriptions.'

Interviews

I wrote it to pay homage to my country, Venezuela. I liked the idea of talking about pirates, gold hunters, strong women, shipwrecks, tropical fiestas and rum distilleries in a story where a family of rum makers live on the deep traditions of the sugar cane culture. I also wanted the book to be a metaphor of Venezuelan oil, and the characters to be the 20th century inhabitants who failed to realise that the true treasure lays in the fruits of harvesting sugar cane and not a few metres underground in a chest sealed with golden nails.

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