Author of the Month: Maryse Condé

Maryse Condé, our Author of the Month for August, was born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, the child of a schoolteacher and a bank manager. She came to prominence with her third novel, Segu - a family saga set in the eponymous African kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries, breaking up under the encroachments of empire. Condé's work has received the Prix de L’Académie Francaise, the Marguerite Yourcenar prize and many other honours; in 2018, during the temporary suspension of the Nobel Prize in Literature, she received the equivalent New Academy Prize. Come and explore her work at the shop, or online, throughout August.

Segu

Maryse Conde, translated by Barbara Bray

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‘Maryse Conde is an extraordinary storyteller who brings the history of an African kingdom alive as vividly as if it existed today. . . This is a great novel: ...

Land of Many Colors and Nanna-ya

Maryse Conde

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Includes the titles, “Land of Many Colors” and “Nanna-ya”. “Land of Many Colors” is set in the fictional city of Fort Pilote in the French Caribbean. Set in ...

The Belle Creole

Maryse Conde

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Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Conde added to an already acclaimed career the New Academy Prize in Literature in 2018. The ...

The Last of the African Kings

Maryse Conde

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Intertwines the themes of exile, lost origins, memory, and hope. This book, set mainly in the Americanas, begins with the regal Behanzin, an African king who opposed French ...