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The Paris Review Explores Selika, Mystery of the Belle Epoque

In a short piece over at the Paris Review,  attempts to discover who Selika was. Working with nothing more than six pictures which turned up on Tumblr in 2012, Susanna tries to find something, anything about this enigmatic, tragic figure.

This much I do know: she was a black amazone in Belle Epoque Paris, a city where black “Amazons” were shown in a human zoo; she was a celebrity who left no other trace than these six tokens of her celebrity; she was a horsewoman without a horse, a power hinted at but not granted.

The whole thing is well worth a read.

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