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In the aftermath of the second World war and 100 years after slavery was abolished, Aimé Césaire invited Denise Colomb to capture the reality of a worn out Island. Far from doudouism-the stereotype of an exotic paradise with a French accent, sweetened with romance and lassitude- Denise Colomb showed a realistic picture of the island. It included poverty and social gap, misery and sometimes laughs. Hope in eyes despite difficult everyday life. It included Woman especially, who kept the Martinican society on their hips and hearts. Colomb or Colombus as family name is not unknown in Martinique. Denise Loeb took it as pseudonyme during second world war in order to escape Gestapo. Le Jeu de Paume in Paris presented an exhibition dedicated to this work in 2009.
Below are pictures taken from the website Le jeu de Paume. The website also presents the article written in 1950 in the magazine « Regards »: « Martinique, from legend to reality ».

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P1040911It is nowadays hard to believe that the abandoned thermal station of Absalon used to be a flourishing thermal bath nested in the tropical rain forest in Martinique where well-born used to go in order to expel their parasites and cure their long term diseases.

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