Guadeloupe (Sofaïa - Saint-Sauveur  97115 Sainte-Rose)

General Presentation:

After completing his studies in science and finance, Fortuné Chalumeau spent sixteen years working in both fields. Upon the completion of his doctorate, he founded the Caribbean entomological research institute (IREC) in Guadeloupe, in 1978. His aim was to study island fauna from a three-fold perspective – in terms of taxonomy (giving a name to each animal), ethology (studying its behaviour and habits) and, above all else, biogeography (observing its evolution). Three books and close to one hundred publications were produced during his research career. His doctoral thesis [Beetles of the Lesser Antilles (Taxonomy, Ethology and Biogeography of island Scarabaeoidea)] was published by Masson/Lechevalier in 1983. In late 2005, he published Longicorn insects of the Lesser Antilles (Coleoptera Ceambycidae), and, in March 2007, a major, superbly illustrated volume, Andean Chiasognathinae (Lucanidae): Taxonomy, ethology, biogeography, was published by Taita Publishers in English and French. While he does short-term work in several law firms, most of his time is spent travelling or working on French West Indian and more specifically Guadeloupean literature and history.

Main works:

In 1988, upon the publication of Chien des Mers (his first novel, published by Grasset and then by Livre de Poche in 1992), he decided to quit his job as a financial director to devote himself entirely to literature and writing. To date, he has released fifteen other works: Pourpre est la mer (a novel set in the French West Indies); En Terres étranges (Narratives of the FWI, published by Eboris, Geneva); Le Condor (a story, published by Gallimard in Noir des Isles, a collection of six stories); Les Cavernes Célestes (published by J.C. Lattès in 1996, sequel of Chien des Mers); Les Vents du diable (a geopolitical thriller published in June 1996 by Fleuve Noir in a special large format). In September 1997 he published Mille et Une vies (Lattès Editions), a joyous and colourful portrait of a Caribbean island.  This novel, with its Rabelaisian undertones and elaborate writing style, was awarded the “Arc-en-ciel” Prize by Média Tropical in Paris. In April 1999 Lattès Editions and Grand Livre du Mois released a global saga, a contemporary Homer-ism – Hautes Abîmes. In May 2000 Les Chiennes de l’Enfer was published by Editions du Rocher. Its framework is set in a wonderful imaginary Southern Caribbean island, backdrop of a tragic yet “magical” narrative, in an atmosphere full of contrasts where love, vengeance and evils spells reign.

In January 2002 he published Le Chasseur de Papillons (Le Rocher), the extraordinary story of a man devoted to his quest for the absolute by means of the timeless. Added to this is a twist of human adventure and a beautiful Adventure…

In 2002 he published the imaginary but not completely imagined memoirs of Alexis Leger (Bibliophane/Daniel Radford Editions, Paris), La Maison du Bois-Debout – ou l’enfance de Saint-John Perse. In May 2005 Le Balai de l’Esprit, a 15-page short story, was published by Hoëbeke in Paradis Brisé, a collection in the “Étonnants voyageurs” series. In March 2006 he published Désirade ô Serpente (Hoëbeke), another joyous and colourful portrait largely set in the Caribbean. Most recently, in May 2009, his short story Le coq rouge Jaffar ou le maléfice de Satan was published by Magellan in Nouvelles de Gaudeloupe, pp 32-73, a collection featuring five authors.

He also published a poem in Des livres et Vous (Éboris Editions, 1996, pp 131-134), a photo-illustrated collection featuring 32 authors and various articles, including two studies on Saint-John Perse (“SJP – a look at the man and his works”, [La nouvelle Anabase, pp 65-81, 2006] and “Alexis Leger, the man with the golden sandal : from the Atlas islands to the shores of the Mediterranean” [ibid, pp 184-197, 2007]).


Works using a pseudonym:

(Yann Morgan): Lattès Editions and le Grand Livre du Mois, Eva Erotica, June 1998 – a very literary erotic work that is, in fact, a spiritual quest laced with humour and symbolics.


“Arrival of the First Inhabitants of Guadeloupe in June 1635 – writings of the chroniclers and island realities” Généalogie et Histoire de la Caraïbe, 214, May 2008, pages 5535-5542. (published on the Internet).
“Christopher Columbus and the discovery of Guadeloupe” – ibid, special edition, Nov. 2009, 24 pages (published on the Internet).


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