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Maryse Condé

Biography

Maryse Condé (née Boucolon) was born in 1934 in Pointe-à-Pitre. When she was nineteen, she was sent by her parents to Paris to be educated, where she studied English at the Sorbonne. In 1959 she married Mamadou Condé, an actor. She originally taught in the Ivory Coast and then, from 1960 to 1964, she taught in Conakry, Guinea, then in Ghana (where she went without her husband) and then in Senegal, usually moving because of political repression. She then moved to London and subsequently to Paris, where she taught at Nanterre. In 1982 she married Richard Philcox who has translated most of her novels into English. Since 1986, she has been living in Guadeloupe but teaching in the United States, primarily at the University of California, Berkeley but also at Columbia University, New York. She started writing plays but then moved on to novels, concerned with the clash between European imperialism and African and Caribbean culture and the stereotyping of women.

Books about Maryse Condé

Mohamed Mekkawi: Maryse Condé: Novelist, Playwright, Critic, Teacher: An Introductory Biobibliography
François Pfaff: Conversations with Maryse Condé

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Bibliography

1972 Dieu nous l’a donné (drama)
1973 Mort d’Oluwémi d’Ajumako (drama)
1974 Le Morne de Massabielle (The Hills of Massabieille) (drama)
1976 Heremakhonon (republished as En Attendant le bonheur) (Heremakhonon) (novel)
1978 La Civilisation du bossale; Réflexions sur la littérature orale de la Guadeloupe et de la Martinique
1978 Profil d’une oeuvre: Cahier d’un retour au pays natal
1979 La parole des femmes: Essai sur des romancières des Antilles de langue française
1981 Une Saison à Rihata (A Season in Rihata ) (novel)
1984 Ségou: Les murailles de terre (Segu) (novel)
1985 Ségou: La terre en miettes (The Children of Segu) (novel)
1986 Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem (I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem) (novel)
1987 Haïti chérie (children’s)
1987 La vie scélérate (Tree of Life) (novel)
1988 Pension les Alizés (The Tropical Breeze Hotel) (drama)
1989 An Tan Revolisyon (In the Time of the Revolution) (drama)
1989 Traversée de la mangrove (Crossing the Mangrove) (novel)
1991 Hugo le terrible (children’s)
1992 Les derniers rois mages (The Last of the African Kings) (novel)
1993 La Colonie du nouveau monde (novel)
1995 La Migration des coeurs (Windward Heights) (novel)
1997 Desirada (Desirada) (novel)
1997 Pays mêlé (Land of Many Colors and Nanna-ya) (stories)
1999 Le Coeur à rire et à pleurer, contes vrais de mon enfance (Tales from the Heart; True Tales from my Childhood) (children’s)
2000 Célanire cou-coupé (Who Slashed Célanire’s Throat?) (novel)
2001 La Belle Créole (novel)
2002 La planète Orbis (children’s)
2005 Rêves amers (novel)
2005 Histoire d’un grand sucre (children’s)
2005 Histoire de la femme cannibale (The Story of the Cannibal Woman) (novel)
2006 Uliss et les Chiens
2006 Victoire, les saveurs et les mots (Victoire: My Mother’s Mother) (story)
2006 À la Courbe du Joliba (children’s)
2007 Comme deux frères (drama)
2008 Les belles ténébreuses (novel)
2008 Savannah Blues (children’s)
2008 Chiens fous dans la brousse (children’s)
2009 Conte cruel (children’s)
2009 La faute à la vie (drama)
2010 En attendant la montée des eaux (novel)
2012 La vie sans fards (novel)
2014 Journey of a Caribbean writer (essays)
2015 Mets et merveilles (novel)
2017 Le fabuleux et triste destin d’Ivan et d’Ivana (novel)
2017 What Is Africa to Me?: Fragments of a True-to-Life Autobiography (memoir)