Aime Cesaire, 1913-2008

It is with great sadness that I recieved the news that the great Martinican poet/writer Aime Cesaire has passed away at the age of 94.

I have only read some of his works, most of his writings being in French, a language I am not fluent in. I have read parts of his ‘Retrun to my Native Land’ and have enjoyed his plays, in particular his remaking of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

His influence was perhaps felt more in the modern world through his pupil and compatriot, Frantz Fanon, and his writings on Blackness (negritude) and revolution.

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