“This is an interesting and well-conceived interview with an important and rewarding author. The introduction to Kanor’s work is succinct but effective, and the interview itself quite compelling (I was particularly pleased by the glimpse it offers of Kanor’s writing process—that subject is always an engaging one, and Kanor speaks of her own way of working with considerable eloquence). Readers who know of Kanor’s work will learn something from this piece, and those who do not will still find much to interest them. I recommend publication.”
— French Review (04/2013 Vol. 86)

Fabienne Kanor

2008 Laureate for Literary Residency | 2004 Fetkann Award | 2006 RFO Literary Award

 

FRANCE / MARTINIQUE

Born in Orléans, France, of Martinican parents, Fabienne Kanor is an award-winning writer and the author of four novels, including Les Chiens ne font pas des chats (2008) and Anticorps (2010), as well as the children’s novel Le Jour où la mer a disparu (2008). She received the Fetkann Award for her novel D’Eaux Douces (2004), and the RFO Literary Award for Humus (2006).

Kanor has also made a number of short documentaries and films, including C’est qui l’homme?, winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Angers Film Festival in 2008. She has worked as a reporter at France 3, Radio Nova (Paris), and International French Radio RFI. She has lived in Senegal and Martinique. Currently, Fabienne is completing her fifth novel and a screenplay for the feature-length film Derriére le Morne. She is a 2011-2012 fellow in the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Fabienne Kanor’s 2010 novel Anticorps [Antibody] is the story of a woman’s life told after forty years of marriage and forty years of stifled rebellion. After four decades of an unhappy marriage, Louise finally decides to disobey. Anticorps is a funny and cruel account of suppressed insurgences.

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For a Video on TV5Monde, see here.
For an excerpt of Humus in English here.

 

Selected Books

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Les Chiens ne font pas des chats

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Anticorps

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Le Jour où la mer a disparu

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D’Eaux Douces

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Humus


“In her third novel, Les chiens ne font pas des chats (Dogs don't make cats), 'sKanor themes include sexual, racial, and generational conflicts. Set in Brazil, it is the remarkable story of the romance of Alicia, a rich, spoiled white girl, and Romeo, a black pizza deliveryman from a poor family.”
— Adele King, World Literature Today

“Kanor uniquely problematizes questions of collecive memory and gender. Humus is a polyphonic text, a tale of embedded narrative memories that unveil the historical traces of the Middle Passage.”
— Dr. Dominique Aurelia

“This is an interesting and well-conceived interview with an important and rewarding author. The introduction to Kanor’s work is succinct but effective, and the interview itself quite compelling (I was particularly pleased by the glimpse it offers of Kanor’s writing process—that subject is always an engaging one, and Kanor speaks of her own way of working with considerable eloquence). Readers who know of Kanor’s work will learn something from this piece, and those who do not will still find much to interest them. I recommend publication.”
— French Review (04/2013 Vol. 86)

“Anticorps is a funny and cruel account of suppressed insurgencies.”
— RepeatingIslands.com