Shores of Anger

Caroline Laurent - Rights Holder: Les Escales

World English: Amazon Crossing

Original Langue: French


Some meetings include the fight of a lifetime.

September 2018. For Josephin, the time for justice has come. In her eyes, the face of her mother...

March 1967. Marie-Pierre Ladouceur lives in Diego Garcia, in the Chagos Islands, an archipelago belonging to Mauritius. She goes barefoot, with no bridles or shoes to restrain her, and meets Gabriel, a Mauritian who has come to assist the colonial administrator. A man from the city. A tremendous elegance.

A few months later, Mauritius gained independence after 158 years of British occupation. Slowly, daily life changes and the night approaches, until soldiers summon the Chagossians to the beach. They have one hour to leave their land. Leave their animals, their homes, their bonds. And for what reason? To go where?

After the heartbreak will come the anger, and with it the revolt. A novel of exile and hope, Rivage de la colère brings us into a little-known historical drama, driven by a struggle that is still going strong fifty years later.





Caroline Laurent, Franco-Mauritian by birth, was born in 1988. She has a degree in modern literature and has just created an independent agency dedicated to books. After the success of Et soudain, la liberté (Les Escales, 2017), she published Rivage de la colère in 2020, with the same publisher, for which she received numerous awards, including the Prix Maison de la Presse and the Prix du Roman Métis des Lecteurs.




Livre audio
(lu et enregistré en studio par Caroline Laurent)


Editeur Lizzie (groupe Editis / Vivendi)

Sortie mai 2020





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Adaptation en bande dessinée


Traduction en anglais, éditeur américain (Crossing),
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UK inclus.

Le silence des Chagos

Shenaz Patel - Editions de l’olivier- 2005



The harbour guard knows Charlesia well. She often passes by his gatehouse and heads for the quay. She looks at the horizon, waiting in vain for a boat that will take her back to her native island. Diego Garcia is nothing more than a memory, the painful nostalgia of a simple life, punctuated by copra production, children's games, the banana-fish seraz and the Saturday night sega. For years, Charlesia has been struggling with incomprehension, with unanswered questions that a young man keeps asking her. Désiré could be her son. Confronted with the mystery of his birth, he slowly discovers the tragedy of his parents, and those around him. The voices of Charlesia and Désiré are light and disturbing. Beyond their revolt, it is the inner drama of the Chagossians that Shenaz Patel relates, their expulsion and their uprooted existence in Mauritius, since Diego Garcia became an American military base.






Island of Shame

David Vine


Island of Shame is the first major book to reveal the shocking truth about how the United States conspired with Britain to forcibly remove the indigenous people of Diego Garcia - the Chagossians - and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles. Nowadays, most of them still live in terrible conditions of poverty. Based on interviews with Washington insiders, military strategists, and exiled islanders, as well as hundreds of declassified files, David Vine reveals the secret history of Diego Garcia. It tells thedramatic and confusing story of the Chagossians as they struggle to survive in exile and fight to return to their homeland. From U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War to the War on Terror, David Vine shows how the United States has forged a new kind of omnipresent empire that quietly dominates the world with hundreds of military bases abroad.






Chagos Islanders
in Mauritius and the UK:
Forced displacement and onward migration
 (New Ethnographies)

Laura Jeffrey

Manchester University Press


This is the first book to compare the experiences of displaced Chagos islanders in Mauritius with the experiences of those Chagossians who have moved to the UK since 2002. It thus provides a unique ethnographic comparative study of forced displacement and onward migration within the living memory of one community.


Based on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork in Mauritius and Crawley (West Sussex), the six chapters explore Chagossians’ challenging lives in Mauritius, the mobilisation of the community, reformulations of the homeland, the politics of culture in exile, onward migration to Crawley, and attempts to make a home in successive locations. Jeffery illuminates how displaced people romanticise their homeland through an exploration of changing representations of the Chagos Archipelago in song lyrics. Offering further ethnographic insights into the politics of culture, she shows how Chagossians in exile engage with contrasting conceptions of culture ranging from expectations of continuity and authenticity to enactments of change, loss and revival.


The book will appeal particularly to social scientists specialising in the fields of migration studies, the anthropology of displacement, political and legal anthropology, African studies, Indian Ocean studies, and the anthropology of Britain, as well as to readers interested in the Chagossian case study.