Joseph René Noyau (1911–84) was a Creolophone and Francophone Mauritian writer and poet who wrote under a number of pseudonyms including Jean Erenne which he used for the poems in this collection. Noyau lived and wrote at a crucial time in the history of the island of Mauritius. He was a passionately committed man of letters and a pioneer of personal and literary freedom in the march to an independent Mauritius. This book presents a selection of Noyau’s poems in their original French and in English translation.
Gérard Noyau, third child of René Noyau, only came to his father’s writings in 2010. This led to the publication in Mauritius of 4 volumes entitled René Noyau L’Oeuvre in 2012 and 2013. A chance meeting with Peter Pegnall, poet, about four years ago led him to start translating his father’s poetry.
Translated by Gérard Noyau, with Peter Pegnall. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 108 pages, March 2021.