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Charlotte-Arrisoa Rafenomanjato is a prolific playright, novelist, poet, essayist and translator. She was born in 1936. Her father was a doctor and she trained as a mid-wife and paediatric nurse. She has been the Hononary President of the Indian Ocean Writers Society [SEROI] and lives in Antananarivo.
Charlotte Rafenomanjato's blog [Sighted 26 January 2007]
Charlotte Rafenomanjato passed away in 2008. Obituary.
Le prix de la Paix [The Price of Peace]: awarded the Radio France Internationale prize in 1986, adapted for the screen and presented at the Festival of African Films in Montréal in 1988.
La Pécheresse [The Sinner-woman]: awarded the Radio France Internationale prize in 1987.
Le Prince de l'Etang [The Prince of the Pond]: translated into Italian and presented by the JOHARY players at the Festival of African Theatre held in Italy and the Francophone Festival in Limoges in 1988. Published by BUZONI.
L'Oiseau de Proie [The Bird of Prey]: staged by the MIKANTO troupe in Antananarivo at the symposium of French Madagascan Literature in 1991.
Le Troupeau [The Herd]: translated into English and staged by the RODNEY HUDSON SCOTT players in New York at the Festival of Contemporary Theatre. Published by UBU REPERTORY THEATER, 1991.
Le Pain des Autres [Another man's bread]: selected by Radio France Internationale, 1989.
La Paix du Purgatoire [Purgatory's Peace]: unpublished.
Le Portrait et le Cresson [The Portrait and the Cress]: unpublished.
Plume et Plume [Quill and Quill]: unpublished.
Le Cerveau [The Brain]: unpublished.
L'Adolescent [The Adolescent]: unpublished.
L'Aquarium de Dieu [God's Aquarium]: unpublished.
Omeo zanako [Give me back my son]: in Dominique Ranaivoson (ed.), Chroniques de Madagascar Saint-Maur-des Fossés, 2005, pp.21-30
Novels and Essays
Pétale Ecarlate [The Scarlet Petal]: Société Malgache d'Edition, 1990. Republished under the title Felana. Paris: Editions le Cavalier bleu, 2005, 252p.
Each and every individual has their own Vintana, their destiny, which is not a fate, but rather a potentiality. Madagascans do not conform to the dictates of an existence which is fixed for all time. On the contrary, it is up to them to realise the potentialities of life which are attributed to them from the outset, and to make the most of themselves given the opportunities presented.
Born on the terrible night of the alakaosy, the Other Side has come to life in the form of Félana and the threads of her destiny are woven in the hands of a Superior Force. It is up to her to overcome it.
La Marche de la Liberté [The Freedom March]: Azalées/L'Harmattan, 1992.
Le Cinquième Sceau [The Fifth Seal]: L'Harmattan, 1994.
|The night is young, another child is frightened by its shadow. The people hide with the rats. A few have the courage to cry discord, the discourse of the damned. Others fall with closed lips, silent unto the grave. For them Andry is the mad prophet, their prophet in rags to whom the four and twenty old men of the Apocalypse have confided a holy mission: break the chain of silence and raise the people to their original dignity.|
Nanté, fille du néant [Nanté, daughter of the Void]: unpublished.
|In this era of global uncertainty, yet another human error throws a foreigner, a spirit, into our midst. She observes, appraises, judges the road that Man has carved. Dressed in mortal's clothing, her only certainty is that, caught up in his dangerous domestic argument, Man has neglected the redeeming feature which differentiates him from the animal kingdom: his MIND.|
Ravalomanana Marc, de Président de la rue à Président du Palais [Ravalomanana Marc, from President of the Street to President of the Palace]: Azalées, éditions de l'Ile de la Réunion, 2002.
Ravalomanana Marc, de Président de la rue à Président du Palais (Tome II) [Ravalomanana Marc, from President of the Street to President of the Palace (vol.2)]:
[Online: http://charlotte-rafenomanjato.blogspirit.com/list/de_president_de_la_rue_a_president_du_palais_tome_ii/de_president_de_la_rue_a_president_du_palais_tome_2_pdf.html. Sighted 26 janvier 2007].
La Fracture [The Fracture]: unpublished.
|On our diverse, fertile, growing planet, life can be understood in more ways than the one suggested by material signs. Man has introduced philosophical, religious, and scientific thought systems, and he develops them according to his convictions. Thought processes and behaviours, so he believes, are built upon solid foundations and the rigours of reflection and analysis. But can an important contradiction between these convictions and reality bring about a complete fracture among the greatest believers and the most erudite?|
Sang pour sang, vie pour vie [Blood for blood, life for life]: Antananarivo, 2003.
Moi, môme errant [Myself, wandering kid]: unpublished collection of poems.
Amertumes [Bitterness]: unpublished collection of poems.
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