• Journal of a Homecoming ⁄ Cahier d′un retour au pays natal

    Translator(s): N. Gregson Davis
    Contributor(s): Irele, F. Abiola
    Pages: 328
    Illustrations: 3 illustrations
    Sales/Territorial Rights: World
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  • Editor's Preface / F. Abiola Irele  ix
    Translator's Preface / N. Gregson Davis  xi
    Introduction  1
    Journal of a Homecoming / Cahier d'un retour au pays natal  75
    Commentary and Notes  151
    Bibliography  295
  • Irele, F. Abiola

  • "Davis has not merely translated a great work of modernist poetry and an essential document in postcolonial history; he has created a present-day source of timely dissent."


  • "Davis has not merely translated a great work of modernist poetry and an essential document in postcolonial history; he has created a present-day source of timely dissent."

  • “Césaire’s classic text, witnessing the performative contradiction of the postcolonial voice, has found its appropriate translator, a Caribbean classicist, as was the poet himself. The translator’s note is a rare teaching aid. This bilingual edition, introduced and annotated by a uniquely masterful critic from Africa, F. Abiola Irele, who did more to establish the Césaire canon than any other critic, brings Homecoming home. An invaluable book for student, teacher, scholar, indeed for the global citizen.” — Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

    “Nothing less than the greatest lyrical monument of our time.” — André Breton

    “Brilliant, lively, and exact, N. Gregson Davis’s translation swoops and soars through all the ambiguities, obscurities, and revelations that make Césaire’s poem a great landmark of Francophone literature. This is the definitive edition for English readers.” — Christopher L. Miller, author of, The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade

    “This new translation’s directness immediately compels the reader. It is raw and poetic, and cuts to the heart of the matter. It makes me appreciate anew Césaire’s genius, rendered as it is here in his seductive language.” — Françoise Lionnet, author of, The Known and the Uncertain: Creole Cosmopolitics of the Indian Ocean

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    Originally published in 1939, Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal is a landmark of modern French poetry and a founding text of the Négritude movement. This bilingual edition features a new authoritative translation, revised introduction, and extensive commentary, making it a magisterial edition of Césaire’s surrealist masterpiece.

    About The Author(s)

    Aimé Césaire (1913–2008) was a Martinican poet, critic, essayist, playwright, and statesman; a founder of the Négritude movement; and one of the most influential Francophone Caribbean intellectuals of the twentieth century.

    N. Gregson Davis is Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities at Duke University.

    F. Abiola Irele (1936–2017) was Associate of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University and had previously taught at the University of Ibadan, Ohio State University, Harvard University, and Kwara State University.
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