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Solar Throat Slashed (Uni Press of New England: Wesleyan Poetry) [Hardcover]

Aime Cesaire , Clayton Eshleman , A. James Arnold

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1 July 2011 Uni Press of New England: Wesleyan Poetry
Soleil cou coupé (Solar Throat Slashed) is Aimé Césaire's most explosive collection of poetry. Animistically dense, charged with eroticism and blasphemy, and imbued with an African and Vodun spirituality, this book takes the French surrealist adventure to new heights and depths. A Césaire poem is an intersection at which metaphoric traceries create historically aware nexuses of thought and experience, jagged solidarity, apocalyptic surgery, and solar dynamite. The original 1948 French edition of Soleil cou coupé has a dense magico-religious frame of reference. In the late 1950s, Césaire was increasingly politically focused and seeking a wider audience, when he, in effect, gelded the 1948 text-eliminating 31 of the 72 poems, and editing another 29. Until now, only the revised 1961 edition, called Cadastre, has been translated. The revised text lacks the radical originality of Soleil cou coupé. This Wesleyan edition presents all the original poems en face with the new English translations. Includes an introduction by A. James Arnold and notes by Clayton Eshleman.

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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press; Bilingual edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819570702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819570703
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eshelman and Arnold's thoughtful and inventive translation reveals untold riches to Anglophone readers. One senses on every page the cumulative mastery of this difficult art by the two most distinguished scholar-translators of Cesaire at work today."--Nick Nesbitt, Literature and Arts of the Americas

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AIME CESAIRE (1913-2008) was best known as the co-creator of the concept of negritude. A. JAMES ARNOLD is an emeritus professor of French at the University of Virginia. He is the lead editor of Cesaire's complete literary works in French (in progress) and author of Modernism and Negritude: The Poetry and Poetics of Aime Cesaire.CLAYTON ESHLEMAN is a professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University and the foremost American translator of Aime Cesaire. He is the author of The Grindstone of Rapport / A Clayton Eshleman Reader and translator of The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo.

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