Because of a stroke a few years ago, the novelist Maryse Condé, known for her dynamism, can no longer move like before. After having worked and traveled a lot all over the world, the novelist had settled down in Guadeloupe for a while and then, as she felt misunderstood, she had gone back to Paris with her husband and translator Richard Philcocx. She returned to the archipelago in December 2011 because the small island of Desirade (Guadeloupe archipelago) gave her name to its secondary school.
In last January, the famous writer, aged 79, came to say goobye to her native island, maybe for the last time. She was very moved and she made a point of visiting the Memorial Acte where her friends gave her a warm welcome.