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Description - A Season in the Congo by Aime Cesaire

This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime Cesaire recounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero. "A Season in the Congo" follows Lumumba's efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961. Cesaire powerfully depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ-like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self-sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan-Africanism. Born in Martinique and educated in Paris, Cesaire was a revolutionary artist and lifelong political activist who founded the Martinique Independent Revolution Party. Cesaire's ardent personal opposition to Western imperialism and racism fuels both his profound sympathy for Lumumba and the emotional strength of "A Season in the Congo". Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Cesaire's play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781905422944
ISBN-10: 1905422946
Format: Hardback
(214mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Aime Cesaire

Aime Ferdinand Cesaire was an acclaimed Caribbean poet, dramatist, and statesman. Born in Martinique, many of his political and artistic concerns were influenced by his time in Paris in the 1930s. Returning to Martinique, he continued to write plays and poetry into the 1980s. Translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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