A Tempest

A Tempest : Based on Shakeskpeare's the Tempest : Adaptation for a Black Theatre

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A Tempest is Aime Cesaire's anti-colonialist refashioning of Shakespeare. Alongside The Tragedy of King Cristophe and A Season in the Congo, it completes a 'triptych' of plays that examine the effects of colonialism. This translation premiered at The Gate Theatre, London.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 130 x 210 x 9mm | 85g
  • Oberon Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1840021438
  • 9781840021431
  • 485,455

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'A witty and fiercely anti-colonialist revision of Shakespeare's island fling... the play, in Philip Crispin's admirable translation, lends Shakespeare's myth all kinds of extra resonances' Michael Billington, Guardian 'Not simply a new reading of Shakespeare but an original play of astonishing power... Philip Crispin's admirable translation of the play provides the whole production with a secure textual basis... a remarkable theatrical event' Malcolm Bowie, TLS

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About Aime Cesaire

Aime Cesaire has combined a political career as Martinican statesman with poetic calling in which he has been hailed as the leading Francophone poet of the twentieth century. Anti-colonialist visionary and prophet of negritude, his influence has been considerable in shaping ongoing post-colonial debate.

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