Winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize

With 2018's Nobel Prize for Literature on hold until next year, the "New Academy" has announced that Maryse Condé is the winner of its alternative prize.

A group of Swedish journalists, writers, and cultural figures formed the New Academy in protest of the scandal-riddled Swedish Academy that administers the Nobel Prize, noting that "We want to show people that serious cultural work does not have to occur in a context of coercive language, irregularities or abuse. The New Academy, whose members are extremely driven and knowledgeable individuals, will work according to the time plan of the traditional Swedish Academy."

A longlist of nominees was assembled by soliciting input from Swedish librarians.  Writers worldwide were eligible, provided they have written at least two books, one of which must have been published in the last ten years.  A public vote was held to determine the shortlist, and a panel of judges selected Guadeloupean author Condé as the winner.  A celebration in her honor is planned for December 9 in Stockholm.  The New Academy will then be dissolved on December 11.

Ann Pålsson, the chair of the panel of judges, said of Condé "Her authorship belongs to world literature. In her work, she describes the ravages of colonialism and the postcolonial chaos in a language which is both precise and overwhelming. The magic, the dream and the terror is, as also love, constantly present. Fiction and reality overlap each other and people live as much in an imagined world with long and complicated traditions, as the ongoing present. Respectfully and with humor, she narrates the postcolonial insanity, disruption and abuse, but also human solidarity and warmth. The dead live in her stories closely to the living in a multitudinous world where gender, race and class are constantly turned over in new constellations."

Segu: A Novel By Maryse Conde Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1996

Crossing the Mangrove By Maryse Conde Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - February 1st, 1995

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (Caraf Books) By Maryse Condé, Richard Philcox (Translator) Cover Image
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Published: University of Virginia Press - February 5th, 2009

Tales from the Heart: True Stories from My Childhood By Maryse Conde Cover Image
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Published: Soho Press - January 1st, 2004

Windward Heights By Maryse Conde, Richard Philcox (Translated by) Cover Image
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Published: Soho Press - July 1st, 2003

The Last of the African Kings By Maryse Condé, Leah D. Hewitt (Afterword by), Richard Philcox (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maryse Condé, Leah D. Hewitt (Afterword by), Richard Philcox (Translated by)
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 1997