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A powerful novel of Africa's history and the men and women who determined its fate. From the East came Islam. From the West, the slave trade. The battle for Africa's soul had begun...

"A wondrous novel about a period of African history few other writers have addressed... Much of the novel's radiance comes from the lush descriptions of a traditional life that is both exotic and violent."

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D014025949X (Amazon.com)

Author Biography:

Maryse Condé (Philcox) was born in Pointe-à-Pitre in 1937. She was the eldest in a family of eight children (4 boys and 4 girls). Her parents come from Guadeloupe and she left home when she was sixteen to continue her studies in France. In 1959 she married Mamadou Condé, an actor from Africa. She then lived in the Ivory Coast and taught for a year in Bingerville. Later, she set out on her own for Ghana. In the 1970's she left Africa to settle in France. In 1982, she married Richard Philcox, the English translator of the majority of her novels. In 1985 she obtained the Fulbright scholarship to teach in the United States and stayed in Los Angeles for a year. In 1986 she returned to Guadeloupe. She now (1997) teaches at the French and Romance Philology Department of Columbia University in New York. More...

http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/AFLIT/CondeMaryseEng.html (University of Western Australia)

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