The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox

The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox

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Maryse Condé is our Author of the Month for August. Find out more about her work here.

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The latest novel from the grande dame of Caribbean literature

Born in Guadeloupe, Ivan and Ivana are twins with a bond so strong they become afraid of their feelings for one another. When their mother sends them off to live with their father in Mali they begin to grow apart, until, as young adults in Paris, Ivana’s youthful altruism compels her to join the police academy, while Ivan walks the path of radicalization. The twins, unable to live either with or without each other, become perpetrator and victim in a wave of violent attacks. In The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana, her most modern novel to date, Maryse Condé, winner of the New Academy Prize (the “Alternative Nobel”) in Literature in 2018, offers an impressive picture of a colorful yet turbulent 21st century.

 

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