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Naivo (born Naivoharison Patrick Ramanmonjisoa[1]) is a Malagasy writer of historical fiction and the author of the first Malagasy novel to be translated into English, Beyond the Rice Fields.

Malagasy writer
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Born Madagascar
Language French
Genre historical fiction
Notable works Beyond the Rice Fields
Years active 1996-now

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Naivo worked as a teacher in Paris.[2] He emigrated to Canada where he works as a journalist and lives in Ottawa.[3]

His debut adult fiction novel was Beyond the Rice Fields.[4] The novel draws inspiration from Malagasy history.[5] It was first published in French by Éditions Sépia in 2016.[6] It is the first work of fiction from Madagascar to be translated into English.[7] The translation was made possible through a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant.[1][8]Beyond the Rice Fields was longlisted for the 2018 BTBA for Fiction and Poetry.[9] It received a Five-Heart Review from Foreword Reviews.[10]

His short story collection Madagascar entre poivre et vanille: Petits portraits à plume débridée, deals with Madagascar’s coups, the corrupt judiciary system, monarchy and colonialism.[11]


  • Beyond the Rice Fields (Restless Books, 2017)

Short stories

  • Madagascar entre poivre et vanille: Petits portraits à plume débridée (2016)


  • Les mutations culturelles à Madagascar vues à travers le prisme du hainteny, “poésie” traditionnelle (2018)

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