I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

Front Cover
Ballantine Books, 1992 - Fiction - 225 pages
57 Reviews
Offered here for the first time in English is I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem, by Guadeloupean writer Maryse Conde. This wild and entertaining novel, winner of the 1986 Grand Prix Litteraire de la Femme, expands on the true story of the West Indian slave Tituba, who was accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, arrested in 1692, and forgotten in jail until the general amnesty for witches two years later. Maryse Conde brings Tituba out of historical silence and creates for her a fictional childhood, adolescence, and old age. She turns her into what she calls "a sort of female hero, an epic heroine, like the legendary 'Nanny of the maroons, "' who, schooled in the sorcery and magical ritual of obeah, is arrested for healing members of the family that owns her. Rich with postmodern irony, the novel even includes an encounter with Hester Prawn of Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter. Conde breaks new ground in both style and content, transcending cultural and epochal boundaries, not only exposing the hypocrisy of Puritan New England but challenging us to look at racism and religious bigotry in contemporary America. This highly readable and ultimately joyful novel celebrates Tituba's unique voice, exploring issues of identity and the implications of Otherness in Western literary tradition. Its multiple layers will delight a wide variety of readers.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Based on the prose alone, this is a five-star book. - Goodreads
Also the ending is good and thought provoking. - Goodreads
The book is a page turner. - Goodreads
Made me go research those events. - Goodreads

Review: I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

User Review  - Sarah Bigelow - Goodreads

Based on the prose alone, this is a five-star book. Conde's writing is deceptively simple and there are moments when the writing took my breath away. The first third of the novel especially is ... Read full review

Review: I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

User Review  - Angie Taylor - Goodreads

This is a very interesting fictional depiction of a real black woman named Tituba, who was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch trials. From a historical point of view it was interesting ... Read full review

All 19 reviews »



32 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

MaComère, Volume 3

Snippet view - 2000
All Book Search results »

About the author (1992)

Nee a Pointe-a-Pitre en Guadeloupe, Maryse Conde est l'auteur d'une oeuvre considerable et maintes fois primee: "Segou, La vie scelerate, Traversee de la mangrove, Moi, Tituba, sorciere noire de Salem, Les Belles Tenebreuses, En attendant la montee des eaux..." Apres avoir longtemps enseigne a l'universite de Columbia, elle se partage aujourd'hui entre Paris et Gordes.

Bibliographic information