Life Sentence and The Blue Cross

Life Sentence and The Blue Cross

Two New Caledonian short stories

It's mid-twentieth century when two New Caledonian men contract leprosy and reflect on what they call their 'life sentence', but when a cure is discovered they realise it wasn't the end of life after all.

And in today's New Caledonia, an indigenous woman tolerates her alcoholic husband until his behaviour affects their child. She considers leaving but a charity, the Blue Cross, offers to help him.

About the Book

A bilingual book of two New Caledonian short stories in French and English.

Life Sentence and The Blue Cross may be purchased from If you prefer not to order from the website (in French), please send me a request – I can order copies directly from the author, Claudine Jacques in New Caledonia.

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Genres: French fiction, Literary fiction, Pacific fiction, Translated fiction
Tags: Bilingual fiction, Claudine Jacques, French fiction, Life Sentence, The Blue Cross, Translated fiction
Publisher: Volkeno Books Vanuatu (
Publication Year: 2018
Length: Short Story
ISBN: 9789829815323
List Price: 16 EUR