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Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?

A Fantastical Tale

Maryse Condé, Richard Philcox (Translated by)


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From the winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature (the alternative to the Nobel Prize), critically-acclaimed author Maryse Condé blends magical realism and a true story to create an unforgettable masterpiece.

On one hand, beautiful Celanire—a woman mutilated at birth and left for dead—appears today to be a saint; she is a tireless worker who has turned numerous neglected institutions into schools for motherless children. But she is also a woman apprehended by demons, as death and misfortune seem to follow in her wake. Traveling from Guadeloupe to West Africa to Peru, the mysterious, seductive, and disarming Celanire is driven to uncover the truth of her past at any cost and avenge the crimes committed against her.

With her characteristic blend of magical realism and fantasy, and inspired by a true story, Maryse Condé hauntingly imagines Celanire in an unforgettable novel—a most dazzling addition to the deeply prolific and widely celebrated author’s brilliant body of work.

Praise For Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?: A Fantastical Tale

"[A] fantastical tale of stunning survival and powerful revenge."
-- Elle magazine

"A luminary of the highbrow literary set for some time now, Maryse Conde is finally bouncing across the radar of ordinary readers. What luck -- for Conde's opulent imagination, sublime prose, and magical narratives light up Africa's past."
-- The Washington Post Book World

"Another great offering from one of our most gifted writers. Read and learn, but most of all, read...
and enjoy." -- Edwidge Danticat, bestselling author of The Dew Breaker

"Lush and lurid, as are its sultry settings...seducing the reader with silken irony."
-- Kirkus Reviews

Washington Square Press, 9780743482615, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2005

About the Author

Maryse Condé 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.