Maryse Condé’s Heremakhonon As a Noir Novel

Citation data:

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, Vol: 39, Issue: 1

Publication Year:
2015
Usage 732
Downloads 656
Abstract Views 65
Link-outs 11
Captures 2
Exports-Saves 2
Social Media 1
Tweets 1
Repository URL:
http://newprairiepress.org/sttcl/vol39/iss1/5
DOI:
10.4148/2334-4415.1021
Author(s):
Dzero, Irina
Publisher(s):
New Prairie Press
Tags:
noir; postcolonial; West Africa; interiorized racism; Guadeloupe; Maryse Condé; Heremakhonon; En attendant le bonheur; Waiting for Happiness; French and Francophone Literature; Modern Literature; Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
Most Recent Tweet View All Tweets
article description
A noir genre analysis of Heremakhonon explains the confusion, sensuality, red herrings, and flashbacks that permeate the novel, as well as the primacy of an investigation to the plot. Upon arriving in a newly independent West African country, protagonist Veronica witnesses the arrest of a political activist who opposed the ruling elite. When she investigates his disappearance, Veronica realizes that she is complicit with the elite perpetrators.