The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Hardback Wesleyan Poetry Language: English / French

By (author) Aime Cesaire, Edited by James Arnold, Edited by Clayton Eshleman

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  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 120 pages
  • Language: English / French
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 26 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover
  • ISBN 10: 0819573701
  • ISBN 13: 9780819573704
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual edition
  • Sales rank: 1,200,291

Product description

Aime Cesaire's masterpiece, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty. This long poem was the beginning of Cesaire's quest for negritude, and it became an anthem of Blacks around the world. Commentary on Cesaire's work has often focused on its Cold War and anticolonialist rhetoric-material that Cesaire only added in 1956. The original 1939 version of the poem, given here in French, and in its first English translation, reveals a work that is both spiritual and cultural in structure, tone, and thrust. This Wesleyan edition includes the original illustrations by Wifredo Lam, and an introduction, notes, and chronology by A. James Arnold.

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AIME CESAIRE (1913 2008) was best known as the cocreator of the concept of negritude. CLAYTON ESHLEMAN is a professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University and the foremost American translator of Aime Cesaire. He is the author of The Grindstone of Rapport / A Clayton Eshleman Reader and translator of The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo. A. JAMES ARNOLD is an emeritus professor of French at the University of Virginia. He is the lead editor of Cesaire s complete literary works in French (in progress) and author of Modernism and Negritude: The Poetry and Poetics of Aime Cesaire."

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"Aime Cesaire's work is by far one of the most outstanding tour-de-force in French literature emanating from the Caribbean. The texture, the beauty and the centrality of the work is set in a Caribbean milieu and firmly contextualized in the concept of negritude, of which Aime Cesaire is a co-creator. The book will be appreciated for its depth, structure, and tactile renditions of the social impediments that strangled all of us whose ancestry heralds from Africa, but who were sequenced in various parts of the Caribbean." --S.B. Jones-Hendrickson, The Caribbean Writer