The dark echo of colonial history

Rita Indiana: The Maid of the Omicunlé Book Friend. Norway

It is no news that the coverage of foreign news in the Norwegian media is very skewed, also in the channel we pay to stay informed. A search for "The Dominican Republic" on NRK radio yielded a single hit, while Google was most concerned with tempting beaches and coconut drinks (here it is in place with a little self-praise, for Ny Tid's website gave 13 hits). That a Norwegian publisher is now publishing a novel from the Caribbean island is therefore high time; the small publishing house Bokvennen should at all be honored for investing in the lesser-known literature. The maid of Omicunlé provides an insight into the sex tourism industry, slave-like working conditions and a far from hypothetical climate threat, all with dark echoes from a long colonial history. Far less comfortable than the turquoise sea against white sandy beaches – but the author's love for this very nature is an important driving force in the text.

Past, present, future. The maid of Omicunlé (La Mucama de Omicunlé in Spanish) by Rita Indiana is at least as complex as a Caribbean dish, and the ingredients vary between everything from Western pop music and literary theory to black magic. . .

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