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Soleil cou coupe (Solar Throat Slashed) is Aime Cesaire's most explosive collection of poetry. Animistically dense, charged with eroticism and blasphemy, and imbued with an African and Vodun spirituality, this book takes the French surrealist adventure to new heights and depths. A Cesaire poem is an intersection at which metaphoric traceries create historically aware nexuses of thought and experience, jagged solidarity, apocalyptic surgery, and solar dynamite. The original 1948 French edition of Soleil cou coupe has a dense magico-religious frame of reference. In the late 1950s, Cesaire was increasingly politically focused and seeking a wider audience, when he, in effect, gelded the 1948 text-eliminating 31 of the 72 poems, and editing another 29. Until now, only the revised 1961 edition, called Cadastre, has been translated. The revised text lacks the radical originality of Soleil cou coupe. This Wesleyan edition presents all the original poems en face with the new English translations. Includes an introduction by A. James Arnold and notes by Clayton Eshleman.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • University Press of New England
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • Hanover, United States
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual ed.
  • 0819570702
  • 9780819570703
  • 558,120

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By the end of this new original collection, one simply remains astonished, amazed, agape, aghast, and uprooted by Aime Cesaire s verse. In the current age of natural cataclysm and disaster capitalism, he has never seemed to so contemporary, so relevant, and so necessary. Kevin Carollo, "Rain Taxi""

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About Clayton Eshleman

AIME CESAIRE (1913 2008) was best known as the co-creator of the concept of negritude. 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.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."

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