Aim Csaire s masterpiece, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty The long poem was the beginning of Csaire s quest for ngritude, and it became an anthem of Blacks around the world With its emphasis on unusual juxtapositions of object and metaphor, manipulation of language into puns and neologisms, and rhythm, Csaire considered his style a beneficial madness that could break into the forbidden and reach the powerful and overlooked aspects of black culture.Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith achieve a laudable adaptation of Csaire 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 Andr Breton s introduction, A Great Black Poet, situates the text and provides a moving tribute to Csaire.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....
|Title||:||Notebook of a Return to the Native Land (Wesleyan Poetry Series)|
|Publisher||:||Wesleyan University Press 1st edition September 24, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||66 pages|
|File Size||:||768 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Notebook of a Return to the Native Land (Wesleyan Poetry Series) Reviews
Well organized and formatted, but I would have appreciated it if the book had some good footnotes for context.
Happy with my purchase. As described.
Love Aime Cesaire! His works are wonderful to read!
I was not familiar with Aime Cesaire before reading this book, but I was entranced with the essays and expanded by the ideas contained within this notebook.
I read this for an English class. I don't remember too much, but I enjoyed all the books I read in college. I don't like to write too much in book reviews because I feel that in order to adequately write a review, I would have to give away information that would be key to plot. I don't like to be the person to give away spoilers. Therefore my book reviews are always very short and only say a few things in order to tell you, book reviews are much to subjective and I never read a book review before I read a book. I read a book based on what the book is about which I don't read a review to get. If you want more information, buy the book and read it. :)
Aime Cesaire, from the Carribean island of Martinique, has written an incredibly powerful poem that focuses on the sufferings of Black people under colonialism. The poem, surrealist in nature at times, features rich language and detailed poetic pictures of the inequalities, hard labor, and abuse that the Black people endured under the oppression of colonialist rule. But Cesaire also infuses the poem, in its final passages, with hope for a brighter day in the struggle against racism where the race will be "standing and free." Cesaire was co-creator (with Leopold Senghor) of the concept of Negritude, a literary and cultural movement that emphasized pride in African heritage and culture. His poem is one of the finest examples of 20th century poetry and it demands close reading to unveil its many sparkling diamonds. It is a literary minefield that will enrich all who attend to its beauty and truth.