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The Belle Créole (Caraf Books) (Paperback)

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By Maryse Condé, Nicole Simek (Translator), Dawn Fulton (Afterword by)
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Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Cond added to an already acclaimed career the New Academy Prize in Literature in 2018. The twelfth novel by this celebrated author revolves around an enigmatic crime and the young man at its center. Dieudonn Sabrina, a gardener, aged twenty-two and black, is accused of murdering his employer--and lover--Loraine, a wealthy white woman descended from plantation owners. His only refuge is a sailboat, La Belle Cr ole, a relic of times gone by. Cond follows Dieudonn 's desperate wanderings through the city of Port-Mahault the night of his acquittal, the narrative unfolding through a series of multivoiced flashbacks set against a forbidding backdrop of social disintegration and tumultuous labor strikes in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Guadeloupe. Twenty-four hours later, Dieudonn 's fate becomes suggestively intertwined with that of the French island itself, though the future of both remains uncertain in the end.

Echoes of Faulkner and Lawrence, and even Shakespeare's Othello, resonate in this tale, yet the drama's uniquely modern dynamics set it apart from any model in its exploration of love and hate, politics and stereotype, and the attempt to find connections with others across barriers. Through her vividly and intimately drawn characters, Cond paints a rich portrait of a contemporary society grappling with the heritage of slavery, racism, and colonization.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813944227
ISBN-10: 0813944228
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: April 28th, 2020
Pages: 212
Language: English
Series: Caraf Books