Maryse Condé travels to Sarcelles, Paris to celebrate a school named in her honour: Lycée Maryse Condé

The Lycée in Sarcelles, a suburb of northern Paris, has honoured World Editions author Maryse Condé by renaming the school after her.  Maryse travelled to France on 20 January to take part in the opening ceremony. In this footage, the school’s director explains how Maryse Condé has lived in Africa as well as France, and links the two territories in both her work and her life, They are proud to name the school after her.


Maryse Condé is the Grande Dame of Caribbean Literature and has won many awards, including the New Academy Prize (or “Alternative Nobel”) in Literature as well as the Cino Del Duca World Award for her oeuvre. She also received the Grand Cross National Order of Merit from President Emmanuel Macron in 2020. World Editions are proud to be the publishers of her most recent works of fiction in English translation: The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana and Waiting for the Waters to Rise, (longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Translated Literature in the US). Her latest novel. The Gospel According to the New World, will be published in English translation in March.