This wild and entertaining novel expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and forgotten in jail until the general amnesty for witches two years later. Maryse Condé brings Tituba out of historical silence and creates for her a fictional childhood, adolescence, and old age. She turns her into what she calls "a sort of female hero, an epic heroine, like the legendary ‘Nanny of the maroons,’" who, schooled in the sorcery and magical ritual of obeah, is arrested for healing members of the family that owns her.
CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French
This book has been supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agencY.
Maryse Condé is Professor Emerita of French at Columbia University and author of the internationally celebrated novels Segu and The Belle Créole (Virginia). In 2018 she won the prestigious New Academy Prize in Literature.
- Publisher: University of Virginia Press (February 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 246 pages
- ISBN-10: 0813927676
- ISBN-13: 9780813927671
- Item Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.56 x 8.5 inches
- Alt: I Tituba Black Witch of Salem, Maryse Conde