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Windward Heights

Maryse Conde, Richard Philcox (Translated by)

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Winner of the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature

Prizewinning writer Maryse Condé reimagines Emily Brontë's passionate novel as a tale of obsessive love between the "African" Razyé and Cathy, the mulatto daughter of the man who takes Razyé in and raises him, but whose treatment goads him into rebellious flight. Retaining the emotional power of the original, Condé shows the Caribbean society in the wake of emancipation.


Praise For Windward Heights

Winner of the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature

Praise for Windward Heights


"Condé is a masterly storyteller who also proves deft at reinterpretting other people's stories, as she shows here with this energetic reimagining of Wuthering Heights here set in Cuba and Guadeloupe at the turn of the century."
The New York Times Book Review

"Condé gives Brontë a cultural context . . . a fine and unique accomplishment."
Washington Post

"Through [Condé's] transformation of the tragedy in Wuthering Heights, she creates a narrative that seduces, evokes and makes us think about the kinds of emotions that have moved human beings throughout our existence."
Chicago Tribune

"Exotic and eloquent... Condé takes Emily Brontë's cold-climate classic on obsessive love and makes it hot and lush."
USA Today

“A confident and incisive Caribbeanization of a European master-text by a master novelist of African descent.”
Village Voice
 
“Condé has given readers an astonishing new way in which to contemplate our ancestral past.”
Black Issues Book Review
 
“The author weaves in the history of the region along with themes of passionate love, color prejudice, oppression, and social unrest to create an engaging and well-written book that is difficult to put down.”
Multicultural Review

Praise for Maryse Condé

"An exceptional journey, Maryse Condé weaves an extremely luminous and poetic tale of a woman's transformations as she makes her way through many physical and mental landscapes. Maryse Condé gives us, as always, a remarkable story filled with striking revelations."
—Edwidge Danticat

"Honest, exquisitely measured . . . inspiring in its reminder of the human spirit’s capacity to endure."
The New York Times Book Review 

"[An] astute study of family and place."
Washington Post Book World

“A confident and incisive Caribbeanization of a European master-text by a master novelist of African descent.”
Village Voice

"Condé has conjured up a tale of memory and legacy that is both lyrical and harrowing. A-."
Entertainment Weekly


Soho Press, 9781569472163, 384pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2003



About the Author

Maryse Condé is the author of I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem, Tree of Life, Crossing the Mangrove, and The Last of the African Kings, among others. She is the recipient of the prestigious French award, the alternative Nobel Prize for literature, Le Grand Prix Littéraire de la Femme, and a Guggenheim Fellow. She is a professor of French Caribbean Literature at Columbia University. She and her husband Richard Philcox, who masterfully translated Windward Heights, divide their time between New York City and Guadeloupe.