Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. v-viii

Introduction

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pp. ix-xii

Chronology

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pp. xiii-xxviii

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Cahier d’un retour au pays natal (1939)

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pp. 3-61

In August 1939, Paris readers of the avant-garde literary magazine Volontés opened issue 20 to find a long poem by a student who had just left the École Normale Supérieure to return to Martinique. Aimé Césaire’s “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal” (“Notebook of a Return to the Native Land”) was laid out in 109 stanzas in four sequences of mixed prose and verse. ...

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Les Armes miraculeuses (1946)

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pp. 62-65

Many of the twenty-six poems that constitute the first half of this collection, published in 1946 by Gallimard, appeared in the pages of the Martinican periodical Tropiques (1941-1945); most of the others in a wide variety of little magazines sympathetic to André Breton’s surrealist group, which had been dispersed throughout the western hemisphere. ...

Avis de tirs

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pp. 66-67

Les pur-sang

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pp. 68-85

N’ayez point pitié de moi

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pp. 86-87

Soleil serpent

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pp. 88-89

Phrase

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pp. 90-91

Poème pour l’aube

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pp. 92-93

Visitation

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pp. 94-95

Batéké

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pp. 96-97

Perdition

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pp. 98-99

Survie

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pp. 100-101

Au delà

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pp. 102-103

Les armes miraculeuses

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pp. 104-107

L’irrémédiable

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pp. 108-113

Tam-tam de nuit

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pp. 114-115

Femme d’eau

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pp. 116-117

Le cristal automatique

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pp. 118-119

Conquête de l’aube

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pp. 120-125

Investiture

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pp. 126-127

La forêt vierge

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pp. 128-131

Annonciation

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pp. 132-133

Tam-tam I

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pp. 134-135

Tam-tam II

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pp. 136-137

Le grand midi

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pp. 138-151

Batouque

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pp. 152-163

Les oubliettes de la mer et du déluge

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pp. 164-165

La femme et le couteau

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pp. 166-167

Et les chiens se taisaient

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pp. 168-303

Postface

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pp. 304-305

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Soleil cou coupé (1948)

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pp. 306-309

Solar Throat Slashed may well be Césaire’s most important collection, since it brought to fruition in 1948 the poetics he used to subvert the imperial literary canon from 1941 onward. It is certainly the least known and understood aspect of his corpus because 27 of its 72 poems were cut from the revised edition published under the title Cadastre in 1961. ...

Magique

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pp. 310-311

La parole aux oricous

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pp. 312-313

Lynch I

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pp. 314-315

Dévoreur

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pp. 316-317

La loi est nue

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pp. 318-319

La pluie

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pp. 320-321

Allure

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pp. 322-323

Désastre

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pp. 324-325

Société secrète

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pp. 326-327

Traversée nocturne

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pp. 328-329

Entre autres massacres

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pp. 330-331

Le griffon

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pp. 332-333

Rachat

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pp. 334-335

Mississipi

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pp. 336-337

Blues

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pp. 338-339

Le bouc émissaire

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pp. 340-341

Transmutation

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pp. 342-343

Demeure I

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pp. 344-345

Le coup de couteau du soleil dans le dos des villes surprises

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pp. 346-347

À l’heure où dans la chaleur les moines nus descendentde l’Himalaya

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pp. 348-349

Attentat aux moeurs

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pp. 350-351

Fils de la foudre

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pp. 352-353

Laissez passer

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pp. 354-355

Solide

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pp. 356-357

La femme et la flamme

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pp. 358-359

Millibars de l’orage

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pp. 360-361

Galanterie de l’histoire

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pp. 362-363

À quelques milles de la surface

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pp. 364-365

Chevelure

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pp. 366-369

Scalp

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pp. 370-371

La tornade

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pp. 372-373

Lynch II

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pp. 374-375

Apothéose

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pp. 376-377

Croisade du silence

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pp. 378-379

Totem

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pp. 380-381

Défaire et refaire le soleil

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pp. 382-383

Samba

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pp. 384-385

Intercesseur

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pp. 386-387

La roue

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pp. 388-389

Calme

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pp. 390-391

An neuf

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pp. 392-393

Ex-voto pour un naufrage

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pp. 394-397

Depuis Akkad depuis Elam depuis Sumer

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pp. 398-399

Au serpent

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pp. 400-403

Torture

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pp. 404-405

Fanion

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pp. 406-407

À l’Afrique

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pp. 408-411

Délicatesse d’une momie

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pp. 412-413

Démons

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pp. 414-415

Marais

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pp. 416-417

Couteaux Midi

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pp. 418-421

Idylle

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pp. 422-425

Mot de passe

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pp. 426-427

Tournure des choses

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pp. 428-429

Question prealable

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pp. 430-431

Tatouage des regards

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pp. 432-433

Aux écluses du vide

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pp. 434-437

Déshérence

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pp. 438-441

À la nuit

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pp. 442-443

Quelconque

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pp. 444-447

Ode à la Guinée

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pp. 448-451

Cheval

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pp. 452-455

Demeure antipode

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pp. 456-457

Soleil et eau

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pp. 458-459

D’une métamorphose

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pp. 460-461

Marche des perturbations

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pp. 462-463

Barbare

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pp. 464-465

Cercle non vicieux

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pp. 466-467

Autre horizon

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pp. 468-469

Mort à l’aube

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pp. 470-471

À hurler

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pp. 472-473

Jugement de la lumière

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pp. 474-475

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Corps perdu (1950)

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pp. 476-479

The original edition of Corps perdu was published by Éditions Fragrance in June 1950. A limited edition art book of 219 copies signed by both the poet and the artist, it was sold exclusively to wealthy collectors. Picasso contributed thirty-two engravings to the richly illustrated volume of 127 pages with his “Tête de nègre” on the cover. ...

Mot

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pp. 480-483

Présence

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pp. 484-487

Longitude

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pp. 488-491

Élégie-équation

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pp. 492-495

Corps perdu

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pp. 496-499

Naissances

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pp. 500-503

Au large

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pp. 504-507

Ton portrait

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pp. 508-511

Sommation

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pp. 512-515

Dit d’errance

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pp. 516-523

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Ferrements (1960)

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pp. 524-527

In 1960, the Seuil publishing house issued this collection of forty-nine poems, thirty-one of which had been published separately during the previous decade. Ferraments has attracted far more critical attention than any of Césaire’s titles apart from the post-1956 Notebook because it conformed nicely to the ideological vision readers gleaned from the revised ...

Ferrements

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pp. 528-529

Comptine

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pp. 530-531

Séisme

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pp. 532-533

Spirales

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pp. 534-535

Salut à la Guinée

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pp. 536-537

Royaume

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pp. 538-539

Maison-mousson

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pp. 540-541

Pour Ina

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pp. 542-543

Oiseaux

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pp. 544-545

Nocturne d’une nostalgie

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pp. 546-547

Nous savoir…

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pp. 548-549

Grand sang sans merci

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pp. 550-551

Va-t‑en chien des nuits

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pp. 552-553

… mais il y a ce mal

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pp. 554-555

Viscères du poème

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pp. 556-557

C’est moi-même, Terreur, c’est moi-même

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pp. 558-559

Des crocs

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pp. 560-561

Vampire liminaire

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pp. 562-563

Clair passage de ma journée profonde

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pp. 564-565

Cadavre d’une frénésie

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pp. 566-567

Patience des signes

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pp. 568-569

Fantômes

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pp. 570-571

Mobile fléau de songes étranges

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pp. 572-573

Saison âpre

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pp. 574-575

Statue de Lafcadio Hearn

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pp. 576-577

Beau sang giclé

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pp. 578-579

C’est le courage des hommes qui est démis

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pp. 580-581

De mes haras

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pp. 582-583

Intimité marine

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pp. 584-585

Bucolique

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pp. 586-587

Ferment

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pp. 588-589

Me centuplant persée

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pp. 590-591

Précepte

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pp. 592-593

Et tâtant le sable du bambou de mes songes

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pp. 594-595

Aux îles de tous vents

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pp. 596-597

Le temps de la liberté

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pp. 598-601

Faveur des sèves

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Tombeau de Paul Éluard

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Mémorial de Louis Delgrès

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pp. 610-617

À la mémoire d’un syndicaliste noir

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pp. 618-623

… sur l’état de l’Union

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pp. 624-627

Afrique

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Hors des jours étrangers

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pp. 630-631

Pour saluer le tiers monde

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Indivisible

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pp. 636-637

Blanc à remplir sur la carte voyageuse du pollen

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Petite chanson pour traverser une grande rivière

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pp. 640-641

En vérité…

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pp. 642-643

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moi, laminaire… (1982)

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pp. 644-651

The collection i, laminaria. . . resulted from two sets of contingencies: the death of Wifredo Lam, who collaborated with Césaire on the series of engravings entitled Annonciation that Giorgio Upiglio published in Milan in 1982 (CDP); and the intervention of Daniel Maximin, who proposed collecting Césaire’s work of the previous twenty years as a poetic testament. ...

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quand Miguel Angel Asturias disparut

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pp. 762-767

Wifredo Lam

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Noria (1976-1994)

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pp. 792-793

Noria is a collection only in the sense that seventeen poems were published together under this title in the Poésie complète edition in 1976. The four poems of that grouping not published by Césaire in i, laminaria. . . six years later are all circumstantial in some sense, as we make clear in the notes. By far the most important of them is “Reply to Depestre Haitian Poet,” ...

Lettre de Bahia-de-tous-les saints

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pp. 794-797

Éthiopie…

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pp. 798-803

Réponse à Depestre poète haïtien

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pp. 804-809

Cérémonie vaudou pour Saint-John Perse…

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Comme un malendendu de salut... (1994)

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pp. 814-817

In 1994, Aimé Césaire, at the urging of Daniel Maximin, collected twenty-two poems under the title “Like a Misunderstanding of Salvation. . . .” Since his death, the collection has acquired the status of a poetic testament, marking out what the Martinican poet saw as his lasting accomplishment, while noting how the desire to create a diasporic negritude had overreached itself. ...

Stèle obsidienne pour Alioune Diop

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pp. 818-819

Passage

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pp. 820-821

Références

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pp. 822-823

Suprême masque

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pp. 824-825

Vertu des lucioles

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pp. 826-827

Rumination

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pp. 828-829

Parole due

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pp. 830-833

Parcours

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pp. 834-835

Dyali

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pp. 836-839

Espace-rapace

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pp. 840-841

Fantasmes

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pp. 842-843

Dérisoire

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pp. 844-845

Cratères

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pp. 846-847

Conciliabules

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pp. 848-849

Paroles d’îles

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pp. 850-851

Comme un malentendu de salut

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pp. 852-853

Rumination de Caldeiras

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pp. 854-855

À travers…

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pp. 856-857

Rocher de la femme endormie ou Belle comme l’exaspération de la sécession

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pp. 858-859

Faveur des alizés

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pp. 860-861

Pour un cinquantenaire

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pp. 862-863

Configurations

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pp. 864-870

Notes on the Poems

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pp. 871-918

Glossary

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pp. 919-928

Works Cited

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pp. 929-934

Acknowledgments

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pp. 935-936

About the Translators

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pp. 937-963

Index

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pp. 939-962

Back Cover

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