Maryse Conde (February 11, 1934 - ..)
Born: 11th February, 1934
Nationality: Guadeloupian author
Region: Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, "A Season in Rihata", "I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem", "Heremakhonon", "The Children of Segu", "Segu"

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Maryse Conde, originally Maryse Boucolon, (born February 11, 1934, Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, French West Indies), Guadeloupian author of epic historical fiction, much of it based in Africa.

Conde wrote her first novel at the age of 11. In the politically turbulent years between 1960 and 1968, she taught in Guinea, Ghana, and Senegal. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris (M.A., Ph.D., 1975). Her own peripatetic life provided the background for her novel Heremakhonon (1976), about a young West Indian woman's quest for roots. Un Saison a Rihata (1981; A Season in Rihata) is set in a late 20th-century African land.

Conde's major works are the best-selling novel Segou (1984; Segu) and its sequel, Segou II (1985; The Children of Segu). Set in historical Segou (now part of Mali), the books examine the violent impact of the slave trade, Islam, Christianity, and white colonization on a royal family during the period from 1797 to 1860. Moi, Tituba, sorciere--: noire de Salem (1986; I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem) is based on the story of an American slave who was tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1986 Conde returned to live in Guadeloupe, where La Vie scelerate (1987; Tree of Life) is set.

Conde's later fiction included La Colonie du nouveau monde (1993), La Migration des coeurs (1995; Windward Heights), Desirada (1997; Desirada), Historie de la femme cannibale (2003; The Story of the Cannibal Woman), and Victoire, les saveurs et les mots (2006; Victorie: My Mother's Mother). She also wrote plays, children's books, and essays on literature and politics. In 2018 Conde won The New Academy Prize in Literature, a newly created alternate award to the Nobel Prize in Literature, which, because of a sex-abuse scandal, was not conferred that year.

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