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"Aimé Césaire's brooding exploration of Negritude bristles with the energetic, unique qualities of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" . . . [Cesaire's] protean lyric, filled with historical allusions, serves to exorcise individual and collective self-hatreds engendered by the psychological trauma of slavery and its aftermath." ―San Francisco Chronicle

“The greatest living poet in the French language."―American Book Review

“One of the most powerful French poets of the century.”―New York Times Book Review

“Martinique poet Aime Cesaire is one of the few pure surrealists alive today. By this I mean that his work has never compromised its wild universe of double meanings, stretched syntax, and unexpected imagery. This long poem was written at the end of World War II and became an anthem for many blacks around the world. Eshleman and Smith have revised their original 1983 translations and given it additional power by presenting Cesaire’s unique voice as testament to a world reduced in size by catastrophic events.” ―Bloomsbury Review

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press; 1st edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819564524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819564528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John DeLaurentis on February 24, 2006
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Aime Cesaire, from the Carribean island of Martinique, has written an incredibly powerful poem that focuses on the sufferings of Black people under colonialism. The poem, surrealist in nature at times, features rich language and detailed poetic pictures of the inequalities, hard labor, and abuse that the Black people endured under the oppression of colonialist rule. But Cesaire also infuses the poem, in its final passages, with hope for a brighter day in the struggle against racism where the race will be "standing and free." Cesaire was co-creator (with Leopold Senghor) of the concept of Negritude, a literary and cultural movement that emphasized pride in African heritage and culture. His poem is one of the finest examples of 20th century poetry and it demands close reading to unveil its many sparkling diamonds. It is a literary minefield that will enrich all who attend to its beauty and truth.
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By Olive on March 10, 2014
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I was not familiar with Aime Cesaire before reading this book, but I was entranced with the essays and expanded by the ideas contained within this notebook.
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