On Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 6.30 to 8.30pm, collective reading of Maryse Condé's I, Tituba, Black witch of Salem (1986).
Throughout the summer, we invite you to join us for collective readings in the CRAC Alsace garden.
«Tituba and I lived on the closest of terms. During our endless conversations she told me things she had confided to nobody else».*
Maryse Condé opens her novel with this dedication. Tituba, born in Barbados, learned rituals from the healer Man Yaya and was arrested during the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
«Do I have to go on to the end?
Hasn't the reader already guessed what is going to happen?
So predictable, so easily predictable!
And then by telling it, I shall be reliving my suffering over and over again. And must I suffer twice?»**
* Maryse Condé, I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, trans. Richard Philcox, with an afterword by Angela Y. Davis. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.