Preface: Bitter Sugar's Island
Arundhati Roy, The God a/Small Things (London: Flamingo,
a documentary film was shot in Reunion. It was called Sucre Amer
("Bitter Sugar"; the title was inspired by Bitter Rice) and received an
award at the Berlin Film Festival. The French government forbade the
film's distribution in French territory (metropolitan and postcolonial).
Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place (New York: Plume Book,
This is how the Haitian thinker Patrick Bellegarde-Smith put it at
the Conference on Pan-Africanism Revisited, Pomona College, 9 April
Cited in Fran,oise Lionnet, Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender,
Self-Portraiture (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press,
See, for instance, the issue of Dedale
nialisme: Decentrement, Deplacement, Dissemination."
Homi Bhabha, "Minority Maneuvers and Unsettled Negotiations,"
inhabitants, Reunion is the most populated of the
French overseas departments. The total population of the French overseas
The first colonial empire was constituted before the French Revolution.