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Fiction Map of the World – The Seychelles

by Travelbag on 19 March 2015, 09:03AM

These scattered archipelagos consist of dozens and dozens of miniature atolls and islets, which themselves are surrounded by ecologically and environmentally diverse coral reefs.

The Seychelles is a wonderful choice for adventurers and those looking to kick back and relax, because it offers something for everybody. It is often used as a honeymoon destination, as a result of its picturesque golden beaches. Yet, you do not need to be tying the knot to be taking advantage of them – or to fall in love with its sparkling blue waters, gently waving palm trees, and lush landscapes.

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Essential Holiday Reading
For a relaxed and beautiful holiday read, whilst you are in the Seychelles, pick up Brothers of the Sea, by D.R Sherman. It tells the story of a teenage boy and a dolphin, and is set against the political and social background of the country. In this so called tropical island paradise, main character Paul and his father live in imminent danger of eviction and starvation. As a result of an extraordinary underwater adventure, Paul meets a dolphin, and finally discovers that the fortunes of his father, his girlfriend and himself now all depend on his newfound ‘brother of the sea.’ Or you could, dive into The Edge of Eden, by Helen Benedict. This darkly magical tale of witches and curses follows Penelope and her husband Rupert, a British diplomat who falls under the spell of a local beauty who turns out to be far more powerful than anybody realises. 

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Notable Seychellois Books
The Seychellois government is heavily invested in protecting the integrity of Seychellois Creole as a distinct language. Whilst English and French are widely spoken, Seychelles Creole is the official written language. This can make it difficult to find Seychellois classics which have been translated into English. The novel Kolony was written by English author Glynn Burridge, whose family eventually immigrated to a small island estate in the Seychelles, after escaping the Islamic Revolution. It describes the struggles of an ancient colony of pirates and tribesman who are shipwrecked together on a remote atoll. Over time, they transform into a bloodthirsty cult, and it is not until an expedition of modern explorers arrive that they are forced to remember their lost humanity.   

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Notable Seychellois Authors
The renowned author Antoine Abel, who only recently passed away in 2004, has left a profound legacy for Seychellois literature, and has shaped the course of the literary culture on this wonderful Indian Ocean archipelago. He is considered to be the father of literature in the Seychelles literature, and many of his short stories, poems, and plays feature an innovative blend of Creole, French, and English. As for his work, Abel depicted the real life experiences of his people and their deeply rooted connection with the natural environments around them. It is packed with intensely colourful personalities and histories, all wrapped up in the folklore of his country. In 1979, Abel became the first writer to win the Prix Mascareignes prize, and bring Seychellois literature to the wider world.  

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Notable Seychellois Films
As one of the most beautiful filming locations on the planet, the Seychelles have played to a wealth of different movie productions. The remarkable documentary film Impressions Underwater, directed by infamous German filmmaker Leni Reifenstahl, remains one of the most well-known features to be shot in this part of the world. It has a clear environmental message, and was produced to encourage people to think about the impact that human beings have on the health of the oceans. For something a little more light-hearted, there is Tarzan the Ape Man, starring screen siren Bo Derek. It depicts the trials of an African hunter in search of the mythical white ape. After the death of his wife, he finally discovers that the ‘white ape’ is not an ape at all, but a wild man born and grown in the jungle.    

Essential Holiday Listening
The Seychelles has evolved a very distinct set of musical traditions over the centuries, all of which have gained fans from all over the world. The influence of nearby Africa is particularly strong, especially in the moutia and sega genres. For some truly great moutia music, pick up Kreole Daughter, by popular Seychellois chanteuse Grace Barbe.

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Notable Seychellois Musicians
If you do visit the Seychelles, you are bound to hear Sonny Morgan on the radio at least once or twice, either in your hotel or out on the streets. The music of this talented sega artist is one of the major exports of the islands, as it demonstrates precisely how well traditional Indian Ocean sounds can be combined with more contemporary influences, to produce a potent and vibrant musical landscape. This popular musician is famed for his unique style, originality, and innovation. If you fancy getting off your feet and on to the dance floor, his album Ras Digwa is an uplifting blend of reggae, sega, and blues which cannot fail to boost your energy levels and provide a perfect soundtrack to your holiday.  

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