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Title:
Notebook of a return to the native land
Author:
Césaire, Aimé.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Cahier d'un retour au pays natal. English
Publication Information:
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xix, 66 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780819564528
Format :
Book

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Central Library PQ2605.E74 C313 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

Aim#65533; C#65533;saire's masterpiece, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty. The long poem was the beginning of C#65533;saire's quest for n#65533;gritude, and it became an anthem of Blacks around the world. With its emphasis on unusual juxtapositions of object and metaphor, manipulation of language into puns and neologisms, and rhythm, C#65533;saire considered his style a "beneficial madness" that could "break into the forbidden" and reach the powerful and overlooked aspects of black culture.

Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith achieve a laudable adaptation of C#65533;saire's work to English by clarifying double meanings, stretching syntax, and finding equivalent English puns, all while remaining remarkably true to the French text. Their treatment of the poetry is marked with imagination, vigor, and accuracy that will clarify difficulties for those already familiar with French, and make the work accessible to those who are not. Andr#65533; Breton's introduction, A Great Black Poet, situates the text and provides a moving tribute to C#65533;saire.

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land is recommended for readers in comparative literature, post-colonial literature, African American studies, poetry, modernism, and French.


Author Notes

Poet and politician Aimé Césaire was born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique on June 26, 1913. He attended high school and college in France. While in Paris, he helped found the journal Black Student in the 1930s. During World War II, he returned to Martinique and was mayor of Fort-de-France from 1945 to 2001, except for a break from 1983 to 1984. He also served in France's National Assembly from 1946 to 1956 and from 1958 to 1993. In 1946, he helped Martinique shed its colonial status and become an overseas department of France. Some of his best known works include the book Discourse on Colonialism, the essay Negro I Am, Negro I Will Remain, and the poem Notes from a Return to the Native Land. He was being treated for heart problems and other ailments when he died on April 17, 2008.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

IntroductionA. James Arnold
Cahier d'un retour au pays natal
NoteBook of a Return to the Native Land
Cesaire's Cahier in TranslationA. James Arnold
Chronology

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