'An extraordinary storyteller' Bernardine Evaristo
'People say that on the first night Francis Sancher spent in Rivière au Sel the wind in its temper screamed down from the mountains...'
Francis Sancher always said he would come to an unnatural end. So when this handsome newcomer to the Guadeloupean village of Rivière au Sel is found dead, face down in the mud, no one is particularly surprised. Loved by some - especially women - and reviled by others, Francis was an enigmatic figure. Where did he come from? What caused his strange nocturnal wanderings? What devils haunted him? As the villagers come to pay their respects, they each reveal another piece of the mystery behind his life and death - and their own buried secrets and stories come to light.
'The grand queen, the empress, of Caribbean literature' Fiammetta Rocco, Guardian
The grand queen, the empress, of Caribbean literature
Maryse Condé's prodigious fictional universes are founded on a radical and generative disregard for boundaries based on geography, religion, history, race, and gender
A story of life in all its flavours . . . a fluid, mobile narrative, passing easily from person to person. Fascinating and beautiful
A masterly storyteller
A treasure of world literature, writing from the center of the African diaspora with brilliance and a profound understanding of all humanity
Condé writes elegantly in a style that beautifully survives translation from the French. . . She gives readers a flavor of the French and Creole stew that is the Guadeloupan tongue. In so doing, Conde conveys the many subtle distinctions of color, class, and language that made up this society
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