The 1998 volume of Notre Librairie devoted to New Caledonian fiction suggests a coming of age of contemporary New Caledonian writing, at least as object of academic attention. The new literature was also signaled by the first literary collaboration between communities of writers—for example, between Déwé Gorodé and Nicolas Kurtovitch or Pierre Gope and Kurtovitch—a collaboration that goes beyond the earlier adaptations of oral tradition by Baudoux, Mariotti, and Laubreaux. This chapter presents three sets of poems by Gorodé and Kurtovitch on independence, being, and the land; an extract from the play Les dieux sont borgnes (The gods are one-eyed) by Gope and Kurtovitch; and an extract from Frédéric Ohlen's collection of short pieces in Brû lures (2000). In this excerpt Ohlen takes on the bureaucracy and the hierarchy of French administration that eats up the lives of little people dependent for their livelihood on state assistance.
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