I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde

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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

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About Maryse Conde

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Maryse Cond? is the award-winning author of twelve novels, including "Crossing the Mangrove, Segu, Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?, " and "I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem." She lives in New York and Montebello, Guadeloupe.
Published August 29, 1992 by University of Virginia Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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and to be giving Tituba ``a reality that was denied to her because of her color and her gender.'' But these authorial claims and results seem frequently at odds in this story of Tituba, born on the island of Barbados to a slave raped by a British seaman.

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Revising the legend of a slave woman accused of practicing witchcraft and imprisoned in Salem, Mass., in 1692, Conde freely imagines Tituba's childhood and old age, endows her with what Davis calls a contemporary social consciousness, and allows her to narrate the tale.

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