Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, Paperback by Cesaire, Aime; Smith, A...

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Book Title Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Item Height 216mm

Item Width 140mm

Author Aime Cesaire

Format Paperback

Language English

Topic Poetry

Publisher University Press of New England

Publication Year 2001

Number Of Pages 100 Pages

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Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, Paperback by Cesaire, Aime; Smith, Annette (TRN); Eshleman, Clayton (TRN), ISBN 0819564524, ISBN-13 9780819564528, Brand New, Free shipping
<b>Césaire's masterpiece that reaches the powerful and overlooked aspects of black Césaire's masterpiece,<i> Notebook of a Return to the Native Land</i>, is a work of immense cultural significance and beauty. The long poem was the beginning of Césaire's quest for négritude, 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, Césaire considered his style a "beneficial madness" that could "break into the forbidden" and reach the powerful and overlooked aspects of black Eshleman and Annette Smith achieve a laudable adaptation of Césaire'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. André Breton's introduction, A Great Black Poet, situates the text and provides a moving tribute to of a Return to the Native Land</i> is recommended for readers in comparative literature, post-colonial literature, African American studies, poetry, modernism, and French.

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