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Raphaël Louis Thomas Tardon (October 27, 1911 - January 16, 1967) was a French writer, novelist and essayist of Martiniquais origin. He was the father of screenwriter Bruno Tardon. He was posthumously awarded the Prix littéraire des Caraïbes in 1966 for his complete body of work.
His first published book was a collection of stories, Bleu des Isles. It was followed by the novels Starkenfirst (1947), which deals with the slave trade,La Caldeira (1948), and Christ aux poing(1950). In 1951 he published the biography Toussaint Louverture, le Napoléon noir, and in 1963 a study of race entitled Noirs et blancs.