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La tragédie du Roi Christophe

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Précédée par Et les chiens se taisaient (1946, " arrangé " pour le théâtre en 1956) et suivie de Une saison au Congo (1967), La tragédie du roi Christophe constitue la pièce maîtresse de ces " tragédies de la décolonisation " écrites par Aimé Césaire pour témoigner - remarquablement - d'un acte politique majeur de notre temps. La tragédie du roi Christophe, est une œuvre b ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Presence Africaine (first published 1970)
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Roxane
After the Haitian revolution (1791-1804) which freed the island from French domination and put an end to slavery, Jean-Jacques Dessalines comes into power and rules as a despot. When he is murdered in 1806, the country is split in two: President Pétion rules over the South while Henri Christophe, proclaimed King Henry I, rules over the North.

The play tells the story of Christophe, from his accession to the throne to his death. It tells the story of men who freed their country from slavery and e
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Dusty
It makes sense -- I think -- that Césaire would write about Haiti's King Henri Christophe's imitative reign by imitating Shakespeare's Macbeth. Christophe & Macbeth: Both are ambitious. Both cut the throats of even their closest friends when their own designs are potentially threatened. And both are destined to madness and bloody ends. I appreciated the author's witty and continued references to Christophe's past as an acclaimed cook (more Mrs. Lovett, of course, than the mouse in Ratatouill ...more
Stuti
read the english translation, i preferred kingdom of this world, i found this one a bit too obvious.
Jana
You have no idea what you're in for when you start on this play. Almost grotesque at times, definitely satirical....and soo tragic. The plot is focused on the developments in Haiti after its independence. Disillusionment is one of the big themes of the play. I cried bitter tears for Toussaint Louverture whom I'd never even heard of before (yep, ignorant me).

It's politics, histrory, myth...all combined. Madame Christophe was even more memorable than Henri Christophe.

I'm usually not a big fan of r
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scott noble
¡una obra de teatro increible! cesaire really takes the ruling of King Chrisophe and shows exactly what a parody the reality of his ruling was. if you don't know much about haiti and how screwed up the french left such a place, you should definitely read this book. and who better to put it into perspective than aimé césaire.
Scott
Césaire's take on Henri Christophe's disastrous time as ruler of Haiti. As is to be expected of Césaire, he does not hold back is his critique of Christophe's authoritarian policies and his bumbling fetishization of Western royal pomp.
Khrys
History at its best and worst!
Einschrein
Love the author, play was ok.
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Aimé Fernand David Césaire was an Afro-Martinican francophone poet, author and politician.
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