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Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Other Poems (Agm Collection)by Aime Cesaire
Synopses & Reviews
Annette Smith and Dominic Thomass new translations of Aimé Césaires Like a Misunderstood Salvation and Solar Throat Slashed (poems deleted) expose to a new audience a pivotal figure in twentieth-century French literature. This collection presents the early and last stages of a poets course, encapsulating in one volume Césaires entire literary career and creative evolution as perhaps the only French poet writing simultaneously at the crossroads of the avant-garde and classical movements.
This volumes inclusion of previously deleted poems from Solar Throat Slashed is politically important; despite their initial exclusion from a French republication of Soleil Cou Coupé in 1961, these thirty-one poems are crucial to understanding Césaires legacy and remain of tremendous pertinence today as they provide helpful ways of thinking about and contextualizing discussions on race, identity, global identities, and the links between “black consciousness” and “social consciousness.”
About the Author
Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) was a poet and politician from the French Caribbean island of Martinique. A teacher of Frantz Fanon, he was one of the founders of the négritude movement.
Annette Smith is a professor of literature emerita at CalTech.
Dominic Thomas is a professor of French and francophone studies and of comparative literature at UCLA.
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