Windward Heights by Maryse Conde

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A retelling of Bront's Wuthering Heights set in nineteenth-century Guadeloupe and Cuba.

Prize-winning Caribbean novelist Maryse Cond reimagines Emily Bront's passionate novel as a tale of obsessive love between the "African" Rayze and Cathy, the mulatto daughter of the man who takes Rayze in and raises him, but whose treatment goads Rayze into rebellious flight. In Cuba, Rayze makes his fortune, but upon his return he discovers Cathy has wed the weak scion of a socially prominent Creole family. Rayze determines to be avenged for the loss of his love. His vengeance continues into the next generation, haunting both Cathy's daughter and his son.

In characteristic lush prose, Cond transposes Wuthering Heights to her native island of Guadeloupe, retaining the emotional power of the original while showing us Caribbean society in the wake of emancipation.

First published in 1998 by Faber U.K. in Caryl Phillips's prestigious Caribbean series, Windward Heights is making its first appearance in the United States.


About Maryse Conde

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Maryse Conde 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. Richard Philcox is the distinguished translator of many works by Caribbean writer Maryse Conde.
Published July 1, 2003 by Soho Press. 352 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Guadeloupian-born novelist CondÇ (The Last of the African Kings, 1997, etc.) rises above her usual accusatory lushness in this rich reimagining of Emily Brontâ’s Wuthering Heights: the lavish tale (recounted by several narrators) of “a mulatto girl as poor as a church mouse .

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A professor of French Caribbean literature at Columbia University and a prize-winning author whose novels (including I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem and Segu) draw upon African and Caribbean history,

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Razy , a young man who, as a foundling, was named for the razy , or heath, on which he was discovered in Guadeloupe, has decided to return there and exact revenge from Aymeric de Linsseuil, the rich Creole who married Razy 's beloved Catherine Gagneur, the daughter of the man who raised Razy .

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