This edition, containing an extensive introduction, notes, the French original, and a new translation of Cesaire's poetry--the complex and challenging later works as well as the famous Notebook--will remain the definitive Cesaire in English.This edition, containing an extensive introduction, notes, the French original, and a new translation of Cesaire's poetry--the complex and challenging later works as well as the famous Notebook--will remain the definitive Cesaire in English.Read Less
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If you are looking at this book, you are either A) already a fan of Cesaire or B) using this notable poet/politician/playright as a research topic. On that note, I'll just cut to the chase :-) This book was very ably translated and structured by Eshleman and Smith. Using the words, translations and the living resource of Cesaire himself, they constructed a bilingual reader of the great Martinican poet's best work. The editors even provide a generous biography of Cesaire as well as an analysis of his famous poem "Cahier d'un retour au pays natal" (Notebook of a Return to My Native Land). This book is recommended to poetic minds interested in the Pan-African experience or solely the Caribbean experience of race and coming-of-age. Fans of surrealism are also welcome; Cesaire is known for using plenty of it.
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