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The belle Créole

by Condé, Maryse,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Condé 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. Dieudonné 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 Créole, a relic of times gone by. Condé follows Dieudonné'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, Dieudonné'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, Condé paints a rich portrait of a contemporary society grappling with the heritage of slavery, racism, and colonization.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A young man searches for a way to go on living after being cleared of murder charges in Condé's rich, dramatic tale (after Victoire) set on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Dieudonné, a "timid and awkward" 22-year-old, has just been acquitted after spending 18 months in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Loraine, a wealthy older woman he gardened for and befriended. Dieudonné's lawyer successfully framed the case in the unjust history of Guadeloupe, pitting a young, disadvantaged descendant of slaves against the corrupt, exploitative daughter of the white plantation class. A series of flashbacks shows there's more to the story, illuminating Dieudonné's devotion to her, his need for affection, and the wedge that came between them after he slept with Loraine's former student, with whom she'd been romantically entwined. Newly freed, Dieudonné dreads "unemployment, loneliness, boredom," and life without the woman he'd grown obsessed with. He sets out into the city of Port-Mahault, which has been beset by strikes, rolling blackouts, and a "suffocating" heat wave, feeling nothing for the old friends and lovers he encounters and drifting into despair. Condé's bold, imaginative group portrait of Guadeloupian lives will enthrall readers. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Series CARAF books.
Subjects Homeless persons -- Fiction.
Guadeloupe -- Fiction.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher Charlottesville :2020
Other Titles Belle Créole.
Contributors Simek, Nicole Jenette, 1976- translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the French.
Description 202 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-202).
ISBN 9780813944210
081394421X
9780813944227
0813944228
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