ÂThe weapon of poetry may be CÃ©saireâs greatest gift to a modern world still searching for freedom. As one of the last truly great Âuniversalistsâ of the twentieth century, he has had a hand in shaping or critiquing many of the major ideologies and movements of the modern world. In his own words: ÂPoetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.ââ Âfrom the Introduction
CÃ©saireâs rich and insightful adaptation of The Tempest draws on contemporary Caribbean society, the African-American experience and African mythology to raise questions about colonialism, racism and their lasting effects.
AIMÃ CÃSAIRE was a world-renowned poet, essayist and dramatist, whose best known works include Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, The Tragedy of King Christophe and A Season in the Congo. He was the founding editor of Tropiques, which was instrumental in establishing the use of surrealism as a political weapon. He co-formulated the concept of Ânegritude,â which urges black Africans to reject assimilation and cultivate consciousness of their racial qualities and heritage. CÃ©saire held a number of government positions in his native Martinique, including that of mayor of Fort-de-France. CÃ©saire died in 2008.
RICHARD MILLER has translated many books, both nonfiction and fiction, including works by Roland Barthes, Brassa? and Albert Camus, as well as poetry, many articles and a number of plays. Among his more recent translations are Scent by Annick Le GuÃ©rer and Beethovenâs Ninth by Esteban Buch, which was published in 2002. He lives in Paris.
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