This book combines new readings of literary texts that have attracted significant critical attention with less widely read texts and a selection of Conde's critical essays and interviews. It situates the notions of politics, literature and space within fresh readings of the themes in Conde's work.
Introduction 1. Performing 'the Personal' in the Interview 2. Re-writing the Journey to Africa or 'finding the wrong ancestors' in En attendant le bonheur 3. Voice, Irony and History in Moi Tituba, sorcière… Noire de Salem 4. Autobiography and Reading in Le Cœur à rire et à pleurer: Contes vrais de mon enfance 5. Literature, Art and Identity Politics in Les Derniers Rois mages 6. On the Creative Uses of Gaps: (Re)-imagining Identity in Desirada 7. Conclusion