Join the International Literature Book Club for a virtual meeting on Monday, August, 3rd, at 7 p.m. We will discuss The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé, translated from the French by Richard Philcox. In 2018, Condé was awarded the first and only New Academy Prize in Literature, nicknamed the “Alternative Nobel.” To join this event, click on the following link:
Praise for Maryse Condé and The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana:
One is never on steady ground with Condé; she is not an ideologue, and hers is not the kind of liberal, safe, down-the-line morality that leaves the reader unimplicated. —The New York Times Book Review (May 2, 2020)
The breadth, depth, and power of Maryse Condé's majestic work is exceptionally remarkable. The Wondrous and Tragic LIfe of Ivan and Ivana is a superb addition to this incomparable oeuvre, and is one of Condé's most timely, virtuouso, and breathtaking novels. — Edwidge Danticat
Brilliantly imagined, Maryse Condé's new novel presents a dual bildungsroman of twins born into poverty in the African diaspora and follows their global travels to its shocking ending. Once again, Condé transmutes contemporary political traumas into a mesmerizing family fable. —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.