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The Last of the African Kings (1993)

by Maryse Condé

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Conde is smart and funny and mean, going through generations of a family with African royalty in their background. Satire and irony abound; pious awe is lacking; racial politics are complicated and unpredictable. The result: real human beings try to make sense out of black life/prejudice in North and South America. [close]
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The Last of the African Kings follows the wayward fortunes of a noble African family. It begins with the regal Béhanzin, an African king who opposed French colonialism and was exiled to distant Martinique. In the course of this brilliant novel, Maryse Condé tells of Béhanzin’s scattered offspring and their lives in the Caribbean and the United States. A book made up of many characters and countless stories, The Last of the African Kings skillfully intertwines the themes of exile, lost origins, memory, and hope. It is set mainly in the Americas, from the Caribbean to modern-day South Carolina, yet Africa hovers always in the background.

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