The Dancing Other


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Author: Suzanne Dracius
Translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson, Catherine Maigret Kellogg

9780857424792 | HB | pp. 238+xii | 2018 | Seagull Books

The Dancing Other tells the story of a woman who struggles with her identity due to her multicultural heritage.

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The Dancing Other takes readers to France and Martinique to reveal the struggles of people who belong both places, but never quite feel at home in either. Suzanne Dracius tells the story of Rehvana, a woman who feels she is too black to fit in when living in mainland France, yet at the same time not dark-skinned enough to feel truly accepted in the Caribbean. Her sense of dislocation manifests itself at first in a turn to a mythical idea of Mother Africa; later, she moves to Martinique with a new boyfriend and thinks she may have finally found her place–but instead she is soon pregnant, isolated and lonely. Soon her only reliable companion is her neighbor, Ma Cidalise, who regales her in Creole with supernatural tales of wizards. Rehvana, meanwhile, watches her dream of belonging fade, as she continues to refuse to accept her multicultural heritage.


Suzanne Dracius
Translators: Nancy Naomi Carlson, Catherine Maigret Kellogg







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About the Author

The author was born in Fort-de-France, Martinique, and grew up in Sceaux, a suburb of Paris. She later returned to Martinique as a professor of classical literature. In 1989 she published her first novel L’autre qui danse, the French original of The Dancing Other. In 2008 she published her first collection of poems, Exquise déréliction métisse, for which she won the Pris Fetkann. Dracius has been a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and Ohio University. In 2010 she won a Prix de la société des poètes français for her body of work.


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