Simone Schwarz-Bart

(1938 / Saintes, Charente-Maritime)

Simone Schwarz-Bart
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Simone Schwarz-Bart (born Simone Brumant on 8 January 1938) is a French novelist and playwright of Guadeloupean origin.

Simone Brumant was born on 8 January 1938 at Saintes in the Charente-Maritime province of France. Her place of birth is not clear, however, as she has also stated that she was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Her parents were originally from Guadeloupe. Her father was a soldier while her mother was a teacher. When the Second World War broke out, her father stayed in France to fight, while she and her mother returned to Guadeloupe.
She studied at Pointe-à-Pitre, followed by Paris and Dakar.
At the age of 18, while studying in Paris, she met ... more »

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  • ''No matter how heavy a woman's breasts are, her chest is always strong enough to carry them.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 25, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''There is the churning and the boiling of the sea, and the foam on top of it and that is what man is, churning and foam together.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 156, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''She also knew old slave songs and I wondered why, when she hummed them, grandmother braided my hair even more softly, as if her fingers became liquid with pity.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 52, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''Every day you must arise and say to your heart, 'I have suffered enough and now I must live because the light of the sun must not be wasted, it must not be lost without an eye to appreciate it'.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 175, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
  • ''When a leaf falls in a puddle, it does not rot on the very same day it falls.''
    Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 26, Éditions du Seuil (1972).
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