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Heinemann, 1987 - Fiction - 83 pages
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When Helene is packing up her belongings in readiness for her imminent move and marriage, she unearths a faded old exercise book. As she reads she cannot anticipate the effect it will have upon her own future. It is the diary of Juletane, a young West Indian woman. Written over three weeks, it records her short life; her lonely childhood in France, her marriage to an African student, and her eager return, with him, to Africa -- the land of her ancestors. In stark contrast to her naive illusions, the social realities of traditional Muslim life and their cultural demands on her as a woman threaten to drive her to unendurable extremes of loneliness and complete alienation. She is a foreigner, in spite of the color of her skin.

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MYRIAM WARNER-VIEYRA was born in Guadeloupe, but has spent a large part of her life living in Senegal, where she has settled and raised her children. She works at the University of Dakar as medical librarian in the Pediatrics Institute. Her Caribbean-African experience has giving her valuable insights into the problems encountered in bridging the cultural differences of these two regions.

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