Fifty years after his Goncourt Prize-winning début, and three years after the author’s
death, a first posthumous novel, L’Etoile du matin (Morning Star) was published by André
Schwarz-Bart and his wife and co-author, Simone Schwarz-Bart. Their respective roles
in the writing process have never been transparent, and the lack of interviews, as well
as limited correspondence, keep this situation unchanged today. A new volume of their
unfinished cycle, entitled L’Ancêtre en solitude (The Ancestor in solitude), came out in
2015. The new narratives continue to explore how margins can be minimized in order
to make us see similarities rather than differences. Critics have marginalized an ‘extravagant
stranger’ who has been misunderstood for his biracial and bicultural transracial
imagery, a ‘Fremdkörper’ in the canon of both Caribbean and French-Jewish literature.
His manifold displacements allow us not only to ‘read with different eyes’, but also to
read one historical trauma in and through another (Mary Jacobus).