Blind Spot

Myriam Tadessé

Blind Spot

Myriam Tadessé

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Gila Walker
122 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $14.50 ISBN: 9780857428783 Published August 2021 World sales rights except India
Set in the entertainment world in France, this searing memoir explores the realities of being a mixed or biracial French citizen.

In Blind Spot, Myriam Tadessé exposes the difficulty, even the impossibility, for France to truly understand and celebrate the lived realities of mixed or biracial French citizens. What the French word métis—which translates to “half-breed” or “mixed-race”—hides is how central the notion of race actually is in a society that claims to repudiate it. The French film and theater world, in which Tadessé has made her career, appears unable to confront the individuality of the performers. They are required to correspond to categories—often based on race—that don’t allow for biracial identities. This classification not only contradicts France’s asserted ideals but also views as anomalies those who defy ethno-racial assumptions.
 
Drawing on her personal experiences as a biracial Ethiopian-French woman and her family history, Tadessé explores the realities of life for mixed-race individuals in France through her searing and honest memoir.
 
Contents
1. Representation – Métis in the Eyes of the Other
2. At Home Where?
3. The Blind Spot
4. The Starting Point
5. Echo Chamber
6. The Way to the Self
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