The Bridge of Beyond

By Simone Schwarz-Bart; Barbara Bray (Translator); Jamaica Kincaid (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590176801, 272pp.)

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

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This is an intoxicating tale of love and wonder, mothers and daughters, spiritual values and the grim legacy of slavery on the French Antillean island of Guadeloupe. Here long-suffering Telumee tells her life story and tells us about the proud line of Lougandor women she continues to draw strength from. Time flows unevenly during the long hot blue days as the madness of the island swirls around the villages, and Telumee, raised in the shelter of wide skirts, must learn how to navigate the adversities of a peasant community, the ecstasies of love, and domestic realities while arriving at her own precious happiness. In the words of Toussine, the wise, tender grandmother who raises her, "Behind one pain there is another. Sorrow is a wave without end. But the horse mustn't ride you, you must ride it."
A masterpiece of Caribbean literature, "The Bridge of Beyond" relates the triumph of a generous and hopeful spirit, while offering a gorgeously lush, imaginative depiction of the flora, landscape, and customs of Gua-deloupe. Simone Schwarz-Bart's incantatory prose, interwoven with Creole proverbs and lore, appears here in a remarkable translation by Barbara Bray.



About the Author
Alfred Fralin is Chairman of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, USA.

Barbara Bray has twice won the Scott Moncrief Prize for her translations, as well as the French-American Foundation Prize. She has collaborated with Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey on a lm adaptation of Proust s A la recherche du temps perdu. She passed away in 2010.

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua. Her books include "At the Bottom of the River", "Annie John", "Lucy", "The Autobiography of My Mother", and "My Brother". She lives with her family in Vermont.
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