Antillean writer Mary Conde died at the age of 87

Antillean writer Marys Conde (Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe), known for her activism against slavery and racism, has died at the age of 87 (90 according to other biographical sources), her publisher reported on social media. Spanish, Impedimenta.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Mary Conde. He leaves behind an absolutely masterful work which always excites us and which was one of the backbones of the publishing house,” noted Impedimenta, which gives his date of birth as 1937 (although the French media give it as 1934).

When he was sixteen, he went to Paris to study at Fénelon high school. There she meets Mamadou Conde, the Guinean actress whom she married in 1959, whom she divorced and married Richard Philcox, the English translator of most of her work. He worked as a French teacher in Guinea, Ghana and Senegal before returning to France in 1970. Five years later, he received a doctorate in comparative literature. In 1976, he published his first novel, Heremakhonon, which would be the beginning of a prolific literary career.

In 1987, she received her first literary award, the Grand Prix Littéraire de la Femme, for her second novel: I, Tituba, the Black Witch of Salem (1986). Among his works are the series “Segu” (1985); “La Migration des coeurs” (1995, Antillean adaptation of Constant Height, by Emily Brontë); “desirable”; The Heart That Laughs, The Heart That Weeps (1999) and Life Without Makeup (2012; Impedimenta, 2020).

In 1985, he received a Fulbright scholarship to teach in the USA. He also participated in the creation of the Insular Americas and Guyana Award, which annually recognizes the best book on the Caribbean scene. In 2018, he was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in Literature for his work’s portrayal of “colonialism and post-colonial chaos in precise and, at the same time, devastating language”. He currently lived in one of the cities of French Provence.

Source: El Diario





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