Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece

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pp. 2-9

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxii

In August 1939 Paris readers of the avant-garde literary magazine Volontés opened issue 20, which they could not know would be its last, 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 strophes of mixed prose and verse. ...

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Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

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pp. 1-58

Au bout du petit matin bourgeonnant d’anses frêles les Antilles qui ont faim, les Antilles grêlées de petite vérole, les Antilles dynamitées d’alcool, échouées dans la boue de cette baie, dans la poussière de cette ville sinistrement échouées. ...

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Appendix

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pp. 59-68

The present translation by A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman has been realized after careful study of the 1939 French text. It is a substantially new translation based on the one Eshleman did with Annette Smith in the late 1970s, before revising it for Aimé Césaire: The Collected Poetry (1983) and the 2001 Wesleyan University Press edition of Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. ...

Chronology

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pp. 69-74