Martinique / 1988
One of the customers of the coffee shop where I used to work randomly gave me this book one day. Like 95% of my books, it is currently sitting in a storage facility on the outskirts of Brooklyn (a long, sad story 😪). Hopefully I can get my books back soon and give this a read. Here's a synopsis from GoodReads:
"In Fort-de-France, Martinique, a colorful group of musicians, street vendors, and hopeless disciples, including the author, gather under a tamarind tree to listen to legendary bard Solibo Magnificent spin tales. Suddenly, in the middle of a raucously entertaining story, Solibo drops dead. So entranced and drunken are his friends, they initially fail to realize that their hero has spoken his last word. One hysterical listener runs to find the doctor and inadvertently returns with the overly eager, sinister chief sergeant, who holds Solibo's friends under suspicion for murder. At turns a madcap murder mystery, a political satire, and a lament on the death of a treasured tradition, Solibo Magnificent is wildly imaginative and exuberantly lyrical."