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“Obeah” and Other Martinican Stories
This volume comprises French versions and English translations of seven short stories written by Marie-Magdeleine Carbet, Martinique’s most prolific woman writer. Four of these stories are previously unpublished, culled from documents obtained from Carbet’s niece. While analyses of the literature of the French Caribbean have tended to portray these people typically as suffering from pathologies of colonial oppression, the situations and reflections presented in these stories offer different perspectives on the lives and concerns of ordinary Martinicans and thus provide insight into some of the missing links of the sociocultural scene. This unique, multifaceted text fills an important pedagogical and scholarly need, and allows the reader to access the daily lives of French Caribbeans in a significantly authentic way.
Publication Date: April 1st, 2017
149 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Marie-Magdeleine Carbet (1902–1996) was a Martinican writer and cultural activist. She was awarded the Caribbean Literary Prize in 1971 for her poetry collection Rose de ta gráce. She also received the Grand Prix Humanitaire for services to arts and letters.  

E. Anthony Hurley is Associate Professor of Francophone Caribbean and African Literatures in the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University.  

Early Praise

"Hurley reveals fascinating facts about the life of this prolific yet too long neglected Martinican writer, 'clearly before her time,' proving that he is the authority on her oeuvre. This bilingual French/English volume of seven short stories is a gift to scholars, teachers, and students of the Caribbean, especially those interested in women writers and literary history."
Renée Larrier, author of Autofiction and Advocacy in the Francophone Caribbean

“Anthony Hurley, in his very detailed and carefully crafted introduction, establishes the literary contribution of Marie-Magdeleine Carbet, also an important figure of the Martinican and Parisian artistic scene. Hurley places her in the Pantheon where she belongs, while providing the reader with a subtle analysis and translation of her varied texts. This volume will allow a better conversation with the other neglected intellectual women writers of the Negritude area, such as Suzanne Césaire or the Nardal sisters.”
Micheline Rice-Maximin, coauthor of the dual language edition of Guy Tirolien’s Balles d’or/Golden Bullets

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