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A Season in the Congo

A Season in the Congo

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2020

This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime Cesairerecounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero. A Season in the Congofollows Lumumba's efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961. Cesaire powerfully depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ-like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self-sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan-Africanism. Born in Martinique and educated in Paris, Cesaire was a revolutionary artist and lifelong political activist, who founded the Martinique Independent Revolution Party. Cesaire's ardent personal opposition to Western imperialism and racism fuels both his profound sympathy for Lumumba and the emotional strength of A Season in the Congo. Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Cesaire's play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82

Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82

Author: Aime Cesaire, A. James Arnold Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2020

Cesaire has been read politically as a poet of revolutionary zeal since the 1960s. This collection, a retrospective of Cesaire's poetic production demonstrates the narrowness of earlier readings that grew out of the climate of Black Power influenced by the essays of Franz Fanon, another Martinican, who was largely responsible for the ambient view of Cesaire a generation ago. It is the first collection to translate And the Dogs Were Silent and i, laminaria . Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82 locates the issues of Cesaire's struggle with an emerging postmodern vision, showing him to be a major figure in the conflict between tradition and contemporary cultural identity. In his introductory essay A.James Arnold engages Derrida dnd deconstruction to demonstrate by contrast the originality of Cesaire's retrospective critique of modernism.

Resolutely Black Conversations with Francoise Verges

Resolutely Black Conversations with Francoise Verges

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/11/2019

Aime Cesaire's work is foundational for decolonial and postcolonial thought. His Discourse on Colonialism, first published in 1955, influenced generations of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean and it remains a classic of anticolonial thought. This unique volume takes the form of a series of interviews with Cesaire that were conducted by Francoise Verges in 2004, shortly before his death. Cesaire's responses to Verges' questions cover a wide range of topics, including the origins of his political activism, the legacies of slavery and colonialism, the question of reparation for slavery and the problems of marrying literature to politics. The book includes a substantial postface by Verges in which she situates Cesaire's work in its intellectual and political context. This timely book brings Cesaire back into the present-day conversation on race, slavery and the legacy of colonialism. His penetrating insights on these matters should appeal to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences as well as to the general public.

Resolutely Black Conversations with Francoise Verges

Resolutely Black Conversations with Francoise Verges

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2019

Aime Cesaire's work is foundational for decolonial and postcolonial thought. His Discourse on Colonialism, first published in 1955, influenced generations of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean and it remains a classic of anticolonial thought. This unique volume takes the form of a series of interviews with Cesaire that were conducted by Francoise Verges in 2004, shortly before his death. Cesaire's responses to Verges' questions cover a wide range of topics, including the origins of his political activism, the legacies of slavery and colonialism, the question of reparation for slavery and the problems of marrying literature to politics. The book includes a substantial postface by Verges in which she situates Cesaire's work in its intellectual and political context. This timely book brings Cesaire back into the present-day conversation on race, slavery and the legacy of colonialism. His penetrating insights on these matters should appeal to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences as well as to the general public.

A season in the Congo

A season in the Congo

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime Cesairerecounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero. A Season in the Congofollows Lumumba's efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961. Cesaire powerfully depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ-like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self-sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan-Africanism.Born in Martinique and educated in Paris, Cesaire was a revolutionary artist and lifelong political activist, who founded the Martinique Independent Revolution Party. Cesaire's ardent personal opposition to Western imperialism and racism fuels both his profound sympathy for Lumumba and the emotional strength of A Season in the Congo.Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Cesaire's play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

Journal of a Homecoming / Cahier d'un retour au pays natal

Journal of a Homecoming / Cahier d'un retour au pays natal

Author: Aime Cesaire, Francis Abiola Irele Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2017

Originally published in 1939, Aime Cesaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal is a landmark of modern French poetry and a founding text of the Negritude movement. This bilingual edition features a new authoritative translation, revised introduction, and extensive commentary, making it a magisterial edition of Cesaire's surrealist masterpiece.

Journal of a Homecoming / Cahier d'un retour au pays natal

Journal of a Homecoming / Cahier d'un retour au pays natal

Author: Aime Cesaire, Francis Abiola Irele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2017

Originally published in 1939, Aime Cesaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal is a landmark of modern French poetry and a founding text of the Negritude movement. This bilingual edition features a new authoritative translation, revised introduction, and extensive commentary, making it a magisterial edition of Cesaire's surrealist masterpiece.

The Tragedy of King Christophe

The Tragedy of King Christophe

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2015

The Tragedy of King Christophe (1963, revised 1970) is recognized as the Martiniquan writer and activist Aime Cesaire's greatest play. Set in the period of upheaval in Haiti after the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1806, it follows the historical figure of Henri Christophe, a slave who rose to become a general in Toussaint Louverture's army. Christophe declared himself king in 1811 and ruled the northern part of Haiti until 1820. Cesaire employs Shakespearean plotting and revels in the inexhaustible possibilities of language to convey the tragedy of Christophe's transformation from a charismatic leader sensitive to the oppression of his people to an oppressor himself. Paul Breslin and Rachel Ney's nimble, accurate translation includes an introduction and explanatory notes to guide students, scholars, and general readers alike.

Return To My Native Land

Return To My Native Land

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Other Poems

Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Other Poems

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2013

Annette Smith and Dominic Thomas's new translations of Aim C saire's Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Solar Throat Slashed (poems deleted) expose to a new audience a pivotal figure in twentieth-century French literature. This collection presents the early and last stages of a po-et's course, encapsulating in one volume C saire's entire literary career and creative evolution as perhaps the only French poet writing simultaneously at the crossroads of the avant-garde and classical movements. This volume's inclusion of previously deleted poems from Solar Throat Slashed is politically important; despite their initial exclusion from a French republication of Soleil Cou Coup in 1961, these thirty-one poems are crucial to understanding C saire's legacy and remain of tremendous pertinence today as they provide helpful ways of thinking about and contextualizing discussions on race, identity, global identities, and the links between black conscious-ness and social consciousness.

Solar Throat Slashed

Solar Throat Slashed

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2011

Soleil cou coupe (Solar Throat Slashed) is Aime Cesaire's most explosive collection of poetry. Animistically dense, charged with eroticism and blasphemy, and imbued with an African and Vodun spirituality, this book takes the French surrealist adventure to new heights and depths. A Cesaire poem is an intersection at which metaphoric traceries create historically aware nexuses of thought and experience, jagged solidarity, apocalyptic surgery, and solar dynamite. The original 1948 French edition of Soleil cou coupe has a dense magico-religious frame of reference. In the late 1950s, Cesaire was increasingly politically focused and seeking a wider audience, when he, in effect, gelded the 1948 text-eliminating 31 of the 72 poems, and editing another 29. Until now, only the revised 1961 edition, called Cadastre, has been translated. The revised text lacks the radical originality of Soleil cou coupe. This Wesleyan edition presents all the original poems en face with the new English translations. Includes an introduction by A. James Arnold and notes by Clayton Eshleman.

A Season in the Congo

A Season in the Congo

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/12/2010

This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime Cesaire recounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero. A Season in the Congo follows Lumumba's efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961. Cesaire powerfully depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ-like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self-sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan-Africanism. Born in Martinique and educated in Paris, Cesaire was a revolutionary artist and lifelong political activist who founded the Martinique Independent Revolution Party. Cesaire's ardent personal opposition to Western imperialism and racism fuels both his profound sympathy for Lumumba and the emotional strength of A Season in the Congo . Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Cesaire's play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

A Tempest Based on Shakeskpeare's the Tempest : Adaptation for a Black Theatre

A Tempest Based on Shakeskpeare's the Tempest : Adaptation for a Black Theatre

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2000

A Tempest is Aime Cesaire's anti-colonialist refashioning of Shakespeare. Alongside The Tragedy of King Cristophe and A Season in the Congo, it completes a 'triptych' of plays that examine the effects of colonialism. This translation premiered at The Gate Theatre, London.

Discourse on Colonialism

Discourse on Colonialism

Author: Aime Cesaire, Robin Kelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2000

C saire's essay stands as an important document in the development of third world consciousness--a process in which [he] played a prominent role. --Library Journal This classic work, first published in France in 1955, profoundly influenced the generation of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75,000 copies to date. Aim C saire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism and colonialism on both the colonizer and colonized, exposing the contradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of progress and civilization upon encountering the savage, uncultured, or primitive. Here, C saire reaffirms African values, identity, and culture, and their relevance, reminding us that the relationship between consciousness and reality are extremely complex. . . . It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society. An interview with C saire by the poet Ren Depestre is also included.

Notebook of a Return to My Native Land Cahier d'un retour au pays natal

Notebook of a Return to My Native Land Cahier d'un retour au pays natal

Author: Aime Cesaire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/1995

French-English bilingual edition. Andre Breton called Cesaire's Cahier 'nothing less than the greatest lyrical monument of this time'. It is a seminal text in Surrealist, French and Black literatures - published in full in English for the first time in Bloodaxe's bilingual Contemporary French Poets series. Aime Cesaire (1913-2008) was born in in Basse-Pointe, a village on the north coast of Martinique, a former French colony in the Caribbean (now an overseas departement of France). His book Discourse on Colonialism (1950) is a classic of French political literature. Notebook of a Return to My Native Land (1956) is the foundation stone of francophone Black literature: it is here that the word Negritude appeared for the first time. Negritude has come to mean the cultural, philosophical and political movement co-founded in Paris in the 1930s by three Black students from French colonies: the poets Leon-Gontran Damas from French Guiana; Leopold Senghor, later President of Senegal; and Aime Cesaire, who became a deputy in the French National Assembly for the Revolutionary Party of Martinique and was repeatedly elected Mayor of Fort-de-France. As a poet, Cesaire believed in the revolutionary power of language, and in the Notebook he combined high literary French with Martinican colloquialisms, and archaic turns of phrase with dazzling new coinages. The result is a challenging and deeply moving poem on the theme of the future of the negro race which presents and enacts the poignant search for a Martinican identity. The Notebook opposes the ideology of colonialism by inventing a language that refuses assimilation to a dominant cultural norm, a language that teaches resistance and liberation.

Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82

Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82

Author: Aime Cesaire, A. James Arnold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/1990

Aime Cesaire has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as likely to figure alongside the Eliot-Pound-Yeats triumvirate that has dominated official poetic culture for more than fifty years. He was a cofounder and exponent of the concept of negritude and is a major spiritual, political, and literary figure.Cesaire has been read politically as a poet of revolutionary zeal since the 1960s. This collection, the only one in existence in any language to give a truly comprehensive retrospective of Cesaire's poetic production, demonstrates the narrowness of earlier readings that grew out of the climate of Black Power influenced by the essays of Frantz Fanon, another Martinican, who was largely responsible for the ambient view of Csaire a generation ago. It is the first collection to translate And the Dogs Were Silent and i, laminaria. Lyric and Dramatic Poetry, 1946-82 goes beyond anything else in print (in French or in English) in that it locates the issues of Cesaire's struggle with an emerging postmodern vision. It will place Cesaire in a strategic position in the current debate in the U.S. over emergent literature and will show him to be a major figure in the conflict between tradition and contemporary cultural identity.