Like a Misunderstood Salvation

Like a Misunderstood Salvation : And Other Poems


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Annette Smith and Dominic Thomas s new translations of Aime Cesaire 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 poet s course, encapsulating in one volume Cesaire 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 Coupe in 1961, these thirty-one poems are crucial to understanding Cesaire 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 consciousness and social consciousness. "

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  • Microfilm | 70 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 18mm | 220g
  • Northwestern University Press
  • EvanstonUnited States
  • English
  • 0810128969
  • 9780810128965
  • 1,769,288

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About Aime Cesaire

Aime Cesaire (1913 2008) was a poet and politician from the French Caribbean island of Martinique. A teacher of Frantz Fanon, he was one of the founders of the negritude movement. Annette Smith is a professor of literature emerita at CalTech. Dominic Thomas is a professor of French and francophone studies and of comparative literature at UCLA. "

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