Return to My Native Land

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Penguin Books, 1969 - 95 pages
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A remarkable testament to the suffering wreaked by colonialism and racial oppression. A stunning amalgam of stark outrage and illuminating metaphor. Read full review

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A 4,000-word essay I wrote, discussing this book alongside The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land: Bilingual Edition and Solar Throat Slashed: The Unexpurgated 1948 Edition. Read full review


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About the author (1969)

Poet and politician Aimé Césaire was born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique on June 26, 1913. He attended high school and college in France. While in Paris, he helped found the journal Black Student in the 1930s. During World War II, he returned to Martinique and was mayor of Fort-de-France from 1945 to 2001, except for a break from 1983 to 1984. He also served in France's National Assembly from 1946 to 1956 and from 1958 to 1993. In 1946, he helped Martinique shed its colonial status and become an overseas department of France. Some of his best known works include the book Discourse on Colonialism, the essay Negro I Am, Negro I Will Remain, and the poem Notes from a Return to the Native Land. He was being treated for heart problems and other ailments when he died on April 17, 2008.

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