The Sisyphean travails of Paul Gauguin, who died an anti-colonial activist

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Laure Dominique Agniel has a long career as a journalist behind her, and it shows in the tone of her work Gauguin aux Marquises (Gaugin in the Marquesas). It’s not that the style of her writing is limited to the crisp essentials of a news report - on the contrary, it is dense although never bloated – but her approach to her subject is that of a reporter’s. She brings back to life a man, a society, an epoch, a world and power balances that resonate in the present.