I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (Paperback)

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Maryse Conde's sparse, fatalistic drama manifests and playfully subverts the classic, Western witch hunt narrative by resurrecting the historical figure of Tituba, who was a Barbadian slave in Salem, Massachusetts and the only Black woman ever convicted of witchcraft in America. Alternately bleak and wryly funny, I TITUBA, BLACK WITCH OF SALEM fills a tragic void in history by giving voice to a name that time forgot.

— Steven


"Stunning...Maryse Conde's imaginative subversion of historical records forms a critque of contemporary American society and its ingrained racism and sexism."
At the age of seven, Tituba watched as her mother was hanged for daring to wound a plantation owner who tried to rape her. She was raised from then on by Mama Yaya, a gifted woman who shared with her the secrets of healing and magic. But it was Tituba's love of the slave John Indian that led her from safety into slavery, and the bitter, vengeful religion practiced by the good citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. Though protected by the spirits, Tituba could not escape the lies and accusations of that hysterical time.
As history and fantasy merge, Maryse Conde, acclaimed author of TREE OF LIFE and SEGU, creates the richly imagined life of a fascinating woman.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345384201
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: January 3rd, 1994
Pages: 256