Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith achieve a laudable adaptation of Cesaire's work to English by clarifying double meanings, stretching syntax, and finding equivalent English puns, all while remaining remarkably true to the French text. Their treatment of the poetry is marked with imagination, vigor, and accuracy that will clarify difficulties for those already familiar with French, and make the work accessible to those who are not. Andre Breton's introduction, A Great Black Poet, situates the text and provides a moving tribute to Cesaire.
Notebook of a Return to the Native Land is recommended for readers in comparative literature, post-colonial literature, African American studies, poetry, modernism, and French.
- Paperback | 100 pages
- 140 x 216 x 9.4mm | 127.01g
- 24 Sep 2001
- University Press of New England
- Wesleyan University Press
- Hanover, United States
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"One of the most powerful French poets of the century."--The New York Times Book Review
"Martinique poet Aime Cesaire is one of the few pure surrealists alive today. By this I mean that his work has never compromised its wild universe of double meanings, stretched syntax, and unexpected imagery. This long poem was written at the end of World War II and became an anthem for many blacks around the world. Eshleman and Smith have revised their original 1983 translations and given it additional power by presenting Cesaire's unique voice as testament to a world reduced in size by catastrophic events."--Bloomsbury Review
"This long poem, which shook the French literary world in 1939, examines the ways home is ruptured--or even prevented from existing--by colonialism. And what, the book asks, does that mean? How can one return to a home that was never built?"--Robin Coste Lewis, The Week
..". The Complete Poetry of Aim C saire is a fundamental work for readers of twentieth century poetry, and those especially interested in the relationships that define a poet's response to his fraught and bloody time."--Alan Graubard, Pacific Rim Review of Books
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