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Publication date
12th March 2018



Emily Boyce



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US publication date
13th March 2018





Black Sugar

(Sucre noir)


Life in a remote Venezuelan village is transformed by successive travellers seeking Henry Morgan’s legendary buried treasure.

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Life in a remote Venezuelan village is transformed by successive travellers seeking buried treasure.

The Oteros farm sugar cane on the edge of the Venezuelan rainforest. Cut off from the modern world, life there is uneventful. Until, that is, a succession of travellers arrive in search of Henry Morgan’s legendary treasure, said to be buried beneath the forest floor…

Miguel Bonnefoy’s colourful tale of a family’s changing fortunes is also the fascinating story of Venezuela’s development over the course of the 20th century.

Praise for Miguel Bonnefoy
‘A masterfully composed poetic and picaresque fable’ Le Figaro
‘A quite irresistible picaresque novel, in the vein of García Márquez’ Nouvel Observateur
‘(a) whistle-stop tour of a remote, seldom-touched-by-literature, and fully intriguing, but ultimately unfathomable, land’ The Book Bag
‘This short novel is impossible to put down (…) felt immersed in this Latin American world just the way I was when I first read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Paris Diary
‘We see Bonnefoy in an ode to his homeland and a fable like tale of what was and maybe a feeling that is lost . This is under hundred pages long a perfect evening read.’ Winstonsdad’s Blog
‘A wonderful debut’ Libération
‘Bewitching from the start’ Le Point
‘Simply magical’ Elle
Bonus Material
Octavio’s Journey: The New Wave of Magical Realism
Q&A with Miguel Bonnefoy
I, Octavio on Bookanista
Miguel Bonnefoy

Meet the author

Miguel Bonnefoy was born in France in 1986 to a Venezuelan mother and a Chilean father. In 2013, he was awarded the Prix du Jeune Ecrivain, which previously launched the careers of Marie Darrieussecq and others. Octavio’s Journey is Bonnefoy’s first novel, written in French. It has sold more than 25…

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