The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid, published in 1995, is a dark and bitter book about the losses and hatred caused by colonialism. In recounting the losses, one reviewer said,

"But there is yet a greater loss. When the oppressed adopt their oppressor's view of themselves--a view designed to defeat them--it incapacitates their affections. That is their defeat.

The saddest and deadliest harvest of oppression is not the mutual hatred that is natural between those at the top and those at the bottom but the incestuous, unnatural hate within the family of the conquered."


From Lore Segal, "The Broken Plate of Heaven," pg. 23, The Nation, Feb. 5, 1996in a review of THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER by Jamaica Kincaid.