This essay explores how Daniel Maximin constructs an imagined past in his novel Lone Sun by wrenching archival sources out of their domain and context and selectively situating them in a narrative replete with cultural and oral traditions. It examines how Maximin remembers those who go unaccounted for and counters the commodification of select heroes by giving voice to the voiceless and minimizing the iconization of Victor Schoelcher and sacrificial hero Louis Delgrès. Maximin’s novel proves a resistant act intended to fracture the continuity of French colonial power maintained through its archival system and selective memory commodification.

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