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    DescriptionThis 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.

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    A Season in the Congo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Aime Cesaire, Translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Introduction by Tariq Ali
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 168
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 207 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 324 g
    ISBN 13: 9781905422944
    ISBN 10: 1905422946

    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.0
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001010
    DC23: 842.914
    Thema V1.0: DD
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    23 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Aime Cesaire (1913-2008) was born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique. Though educated in Paris, he was deeply involved in the struggle for French West Indian rights. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and plays, including Putting in Fetters; Lost Bodies, Decapitated Sun; and The Tragedy of King Christophe. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor in the humanities at Columbia University.
    Review quote
    "Patrice Lumumba's tragically brief time in power, followed by his murder, is one of those pivotal, revelatory episodes of injustice that keeps echoing through the decades. Small wonder that it has inspired artwork, novels, films, and this haunting play, which it is splendid to have in a spirited new translation." - Adam Hochschild, author of The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey "One of the most powerful French poets of the century." - New York Times Book Review "Cesaire [was] the greatest living poet in the French language." - American Book Review"