Aimé Césaire


Born
in Basse-Pointe, Martinique
June 26, 1913

Died
April 17, 2008

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Aimé Césaire was an Afro-Martinican francophone poet, playwright, author and politician born in 1913. His books of poetry include Lost Body, with illustrations by Pablo Picasso, Aimé Césaire: The Collected Poetry, and Return to My Native Land. He is also the author of Discourse on Colonialism, a book of essays which has become a classic text of French political literature and helped establish the literary and ideological movement Negritude, a term Césaire defined as “the simple recognition of the fact that one is black, the acceptance of this fact and of our destiny as blacks, of our history and culture.” Césaire is a recipient of the International Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Award, the second winner in its history. He served as Mayor of Fort-de-Fr ...more

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Discourse on Colonialism

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A Tempest

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Notebook of a Return to the...

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The Collected Poetry

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La tragédie du Roi Christophe

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Une saison au Congo

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Solar Throat Slashed: The U...

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Lost Body

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Armes Miraculeuses

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“Beware, my body and my soul, beware above all of crossing your arms and assuming the sterile attitude of the spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of griefs is not a proscenium, and a man who wails is not a dancing bear.”
Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

“Yes, it would be worthwhile to study clinically, in detail, the steps taken by Hitler and Hitlerism and to reveal to the very distinguished, very humanistic, very Christian bourgeois of the twentieth century that without his being aware of it, he has a Hitler inside him, that Hitler inhabits him, that Hitler is his demon, that if he rails against him, he is being inconsistent and that, at bottom, what he cannot forgive Hitler for is not crime in itself, the crime against man, it is not the humiliation of man as such, it is the crime against the white man, the humiliation of the white man, and the fact that he applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the coolies of India, and the blacks of Africa.”
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism

“A man screaming is not a dancing bear. Life is not a spectacle.”
Aime Cesaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

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