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  • Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    IT BEGINS WITH TEARS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover. Part of the Caribbean Writers Series.

    Oxford: Heinemann, 1997. SIGNED first edition - Jamaican born poet and short story writer's first novel, rooted in the folk tradition of the Caribbean villages. SIGNED by author on title page and dated 8/28/97. ISBN: 0-435-989464.

    Condition: As new in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 20090
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  • TAMARIND AND MANGO WOMAN. by Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    TAMARIND AND MANGO WOMAN.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1992. SIGNED first edition - Collection of poetry by this Afro-Caribbean writer, born in Jamaica. INSCRIBED by Adisa on title page - For --- "May the words transport you to my land" - and dated in1993. 118 pp. ISBN: 0--20813712.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74903
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  • GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM, Short Stories by Caribbean Women. by (Adisa, Opal Palmer; Kincaid, Jamaica; Cliff, Michelle and others) Esteves, Carmen C. and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors.
    (Adisa, Opal Palmer; Kincaid, Jamaica; Cliff, Michelle and others) Esteves, Carmen C. and Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth, editors.
    GREEN CANE AND JUICY FLOTSAM, Short Stories by Caribbean Women.

    Edition: 2nd printing, a trade paperback.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1991. In addition to the contributors shown above, this includes selections by Hilda Contreras, Maryse Conde, Rosario Ferre, Hazel Campbell, Olga Nolla, Ana Lydia Vega, Olive Senior and many others. Selected bibliography. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-8135-17389.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73412
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  • AFRICA: Roots of Jamaican Culture. by Alleyne, Mervyn (1933-2016)
    Alleyne, Mervyn (1933-2016)
    AFRICA: Roots of Jamaican Culture.

    Edition: First edition, a trade paperback original.

    Chicago: Research Associates / School Times Publications, (1996). First edition - The author examines the language, religion, music and social organization of the Jamaican people to reveal the strong cultural continuities with Africa and the origins of new cultural forms and political movements, such as Garveyism and Rastafarianism. Alleyne was was a sociolinguist, creolist and dialectologist whose work focused on the creole languages of the Caribbean, so among other things this book explores the correlations between the linguistic picture and other aspects of culture, such as religion. Maps, charts, notes, bibliography, index. 186 pp. ISBN: 0-948390085.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87624
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  • MY GRANDMOTHER'S EROTIC FOLKTALES. by Antoni, Robert.
    Antoni, Robert.
    MY GRANDMOTHER'S EROTIC FOLKTALES.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2001). SIGNED first edition - The author's third book and first collection of short stories, which blend Caribbean folk stories with American pop culture, since they were set in a boarding house for American soldiers near the seaside town of Corpus Cristi during World War II. "Even though the stories are rooted in the history of the Caribbean island where they are set, and they are interwoven with the story of a family's fortunes as well as traditional island tales, the result is so outrageous as to quickly erase any standard notion of a sweet-faced, mild-mannered grandmother as their teller. In her tales she debunks con men, defies generals, and all the while raises children…

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    New York: Grove Press, (2001). SIGNED first edition - The author's third book and first collection of short stories, which blend Caribbean folk stories with American pop culture, since they were set in a boarding house for American soldiers near the seaside town of Corpus Cristi during World War II. "Even though the stories are rooted in the history of the Caribbean island where they are set, and they are interwoven with the story of a family's fortunes as well as traditional island tales, the result is so outrageous as to quickly erase any standard notion of a sweet-faced, mild-mannered grandmother as their teller. In her tales she debunks con men, defies generals, and all the while raises children who go off to medical school in Canada. Her bawdy, scatological, and exaggerated style of storytelling and her startlingly descriptive language all but surpass the tales themselves." (Booklist) Includes the award-winning story "How Crab-O Lost His Head." SIGNED on the title page. 201 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82294
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  • CARNIVAL. by Antoni, Robert.
    Antoni, Robert.
    CARNIVAL.

    Edition: First US printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Grove Press, (2005). SIGNED first edition - The third novel by this award winning writer from the Caribbean (born in the US to Trinidadian parents, he grew up in the Bahamas), one which "lays bare themes of race and sexuality in a parodic recasting of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises transported to the West Indies." Three childhood friends from Trinidad meet up by chance in New York City and, fueled by alcohol, decide to return "home" for Carnival. Short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 294 pp. ISBN: 0-802170056.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82291
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  • MY GRANDMOTHER'S EROTIC FOLKTALES. by Antoni, Robert.
    Antoni, Robert.
    MY GRANDMOTHER'S EROTIC FOLKTALES.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's third book and first collection of short stories, which blend Caribbean folk stories with American pop culture, since they were set in a boarding house for American soldiers near the seaside town of Corpus Cristi during World War II. "Even though the stories are rooted in the history of the Caribbean island where they are set, and they are interwoven with the story of a family's fortunes as well as traditional island tales, the result is so outrageous as to quickly erase any standard notion of a sweet-faced, mild-mannered grandmother as their teller. In her tales she debunks con men, defies generals, and all the while…

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    New York: Grove Press, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's third book and first collection of short stories, which blend Caribbean folk stories with American pop culture, since they were set in a boarding house for American soldiers near the seaside town of Corpus Cristi during World War II. "Even though the stories are rooted in the history of the Caribbean island where they are set, and they are interwoven with the story of a family's fortunes as well as traditional island tales, the result is so outrageous as to quickly erase any standard notion of a sweet-faced, mild-mannered grandmother as their teller. In her tales she debunks con men, defies generals, and all the while raises children who go off to medical school in Canada. Her bawdy, scatological, and exaggerated style of storytelling and her startlingly descriptive language all but surpass the tales themselves." (Booklist) Includes the award-winning story "How Crab-O Lost His Head." SIGNED on the title page. Review copy with publisher's material laid in. 201 pp. ISBN: 0-802116876.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (appears unread and as new, but a stray pen mark on fore-edge).

    Book ID: 82293
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  • BLESSED IS THE FRUIT. by Antoni, Robert.
    Antoni, Robert.
    BLESSED IS THE FRUIT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second novel by this award winning writer, one which tells the life stories of two West Indian women in their own voices: Lilla, the white mistress of a dilapidated colonial mansion, and Vel, the Black servant who has been her only companion for ten years. The two women have always treated each other with a distant formality, but when Vel finds herself pregnant, Lilla puts her to bed in her own bedroom and finds herself caring for her. Praise from Christina Garcia, Rosario Ferre, Steven Dixon and Robert Olen Butler (who calls this an extraordinary and enduring work of art.)SIGNED by the author. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. 399 pp. ISBN: 0-805049258.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82296
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  • CARNIVAL. by Antoni, Robert.
    Antoni, Robert.
    CARNIVAL.

    Edition: First US printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Grove Press, (2005). First edition - The third novel by this award winning writer from the Caribbean (born in the US to Trinidadian parents, he grew up in the Bahamas), one which "lays bare themes of race and sexuality in a parodic recasting of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises transported to the West Indies." Three childhood friends from Trinidad meet up by chance in New York City and, fueled by alcohol, decide to return "home" for Carnival. Short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. 294 pp. ISBN: 0-802170056.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82290
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  • BLESSED IS THE FRUIT. by Antoni, Robert.
    Antoni, Robert.
    BLESSED IS THE FRUIT.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1997) dj. Hardcover first edition - The second novel by this award winning writer, one which tells the life stories of two West Indian women in their own voices: Lilla, the white mistress of a dilapidated colonial mansion, and Vel, the Black servant who has been her only companion for ten years. The two women have always treated each other with a distant formality, but when Vel finds herself pregnant, Lilla puts her to bed in her own bedroom and finds herself caring for her. Praise from Christina Garcia, Rosario Ferre, Steven Dixon and Robert Olen Butler (who calls this an extraordinary and enduring work of art.) Review copy with publisher's material laid in. 399 pp. ISBN: 0-805049258.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 82295
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  • Berry, James.
    CHAIN OF DAYS.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers.

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985. First edition - Collection of poetry by this Jamaican-born writer. The poems deal with the colonized and the colonizer, with slavery and life in Africa and the new world.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 3994
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  • Berry, James
    THE FUTURE-TELLING LADY AND OTHER STORIES

    Edition: First US edition.

    New York: HarperCollins, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of six short stories for young readers, set in Jamaica.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 4924
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  • Berry, James
    THE FUTURE-TELLING LADY AND OTHER STORIES

    Edition: First US edition.

    New York: HarperCollins, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collection of six short stories for young readers, set in Jamaica.

    Condition: Near fine in fine dust jacket (remainder dot)

    Book ID: 3134
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  • AJEEMAH AND HIS SON. by Berry, James.
    Berry, James.
    AJEEMAH AND HIS SON.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1994). In 1807, at the height of the slave trade, Ajeemah and his son, Atu, are kidnapped by slave traders and shipped to Jamaica, where they are separated and must build new lives. A moving story for older children by this award-winning Jamaican writer, this book received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award , was named a Notable Children's Book of 1993 and many other awards. 83 pp. ISBN: 0-064405230.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (usual toning to the pages).

    Book ID: 71784
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  • Berry, James.
    THE THIEF IN THE VILLAGE and Other Stories.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Orchard Books / Franklin Watts, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - Nine short stories by this award-winning writer and poet. Stories about children in contemporary Jamaica, written for older children and young adults. 148 pp. ISBN: 0-531057454.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (tear along fold of front flap of dj, price-clipped).

    Book ID: 89362
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  • NEWS FROM BABYLON: The Chatto Book of Westindian-British Poetry. by Berry, James, editor.
    Berry, James, editor.
    NEWS FROM BABYLON: The Chatto Book of Westindian-British Poetry.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    London: Chatto & Windus / Hogarth Press, (1984). First edition - An anthology which focuses on poetry by writers born in the West Indies but who came to England to live. Contributors include John La Rose, Andrew Salkey, Wilson Harris, Lynton Kwesi Johnson, Frederick D'Aguiar, Grace Nichols and many others. Introduction by Berry, notes on contributors. xxvii, 212 pp. ISBN: -070112797X.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 78495
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  • DIGGING UP THE MOUNTAINS: Selected Stories. by Bissondath, Neil.
    Bissondath, Neil.
    DIGGING UP THE MOUNTAINS: Selected Stories.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Penguin, (1987.). First book by the nephew of V. S. Naipul, a collection of short stories set either in the author''s native Trinidad or dealing with Trinidadian immigrants in Canada. 247 pp. ISBN: 0-14-0089357.

    Condition: Very good (usual toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 52429
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  • BLACK + BLUES. by Brathwaite, Kamau.
    Brathwaite, Kamau.
    BLACK + BLUES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: New Directions, (1995). First edition - First US appearance of this collection by this Barbadian poet. Winner of the Premio Casa de las Americas when it was first published in 1978, this has been revised for this edition. Praise from Adrienne Rich who refers to his "dazzling inventive language, his tragic yet unquenchable vision." 69 pp. ISBN: 0-811213137.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated blue wrappers.

    Book ID: 81483
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  • MIDDLE PASSAGES. by Brathwaite, Kamu.
    Brathwaite, Kamu.
    MIDDLE PASSAGES.

    Edition: 2nd printing - trade paperback.

    New York: New Directions, (1993.). A collection of poems on the effects of the middle passage of slavery on the New World, which celebrate great musicians (Ellington, Bessie Smith and others), poets, heroes of the resistance, and Third World leaders. 120 pp. ISBN: 0-8112-12327.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 44710
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  • THE OXFORD BOOK OF CARIBBEAN SHORT STORIES. by Brown, Stewart and John Wickham, editors.
    Brown, Stewart and John Wickham, editors.
    THE OXFORD BOOK OF CARIBBEAN SHORT STORIES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Oxford & NY: Oxford University Press, (1999). First edition - Anthology collecting 52 stories of pan-Caribbean short fiction, arranged chronologically by the author's date of birth. Includes authors from the English, French, Spanish, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Among the stories are those by prominent anglophone writers like Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipual, Samuel Selvon and E.A. Markham and those from French, Spanish, and Dutch writers like Alejo Carpentier, Ren Depestre, and Thea Doelwijt. The new generation, represented, by such writers as Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid and Patrick Chamoiseau, points the way forward for Caribbean writing into the twenty-first century. Introduction by Stewart Brown. Biographical notes on contributors. xxxiii, 476 pp.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers with self flaps (usual toning to pages, crease to lower corner of front cover, some creasing to spine).

    Book ID: 88780
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  • V.I. CALLALOO: POEMS FROM THE CARIBBEAN. by Callaloo Poets.
    Callaloo Poets.
    V.I. CALLALOO: POEMS FROM THE CARIBBEAN.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    AuthorHouse, (2006). First edition - Collects poems of love, awareness, community involvement and culture by eighteen poets from across the Caribbean but now living in the Virgin Islands. The poets include Lavanta Thompson, Oren Hodge, Tremis Skeete, Linette Rabsatt, April T. Glasgow, V. Celeste Fahie, Earold O'Kieffe, Urenna Francis, Stephen Payne, Prudence George, Raja H. Pemberton, Jehu Nisbett, Quincy Lettsome, PH.D., Charles P. Bartholomew, Elton Hazel, Jerome Joseph, Sonjah Smith and Justin Hodge. Notes on contributors. 83 pp. ISBN: 978-1425947378.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (inscription on first page)

    Book ID: 81255
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  • Carrington, Rosyln.
    A THIRST FOR RAIN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Kensington, 1999. Author's first novel, set in the dry hills of her native Trinidad.

    Condition: Fine (as new) in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 23750
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  • BLACK IMAGES. by Cartey, Wilfred.
    Cartey, Wilfred.
    BLACK IMAGES.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    New York: Teachers College Press, (1970). First edition - A book by this Trinidadian professor which focuses on Black poetry in the Antilles in the 1920s and 1930s, especially that of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Santo Domingo Notes, xiv, 106 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (address label on first page).

    Book ID: 84899
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  • AIME CESAIRE: THE COLLECTED POETRY. by Cesaire, Aime, 1931-2008; Translated by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith.
    Cesaire, Aime, 1931-2008; Translated by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith.
    AIME CESAIRE: THE COLLECTED POETRY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (1983) dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated, with a substantial introduction and notes by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith. A bilingual edition with the original French and English translation on facing pages. Born in Martinique, Cesaire studied in Paris where he met Leopold Senghor, and "discovered Africa" and began his lifelong dedication to the idea of Negritude. This collection begins with his important first book, written in 1939 upon his return to the Caribbean -Cahier du Retour au Pays Natal -Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. xv, 408 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (one very short edgetear, other light wear and toning to the dj) Uncommon in hardcover and in this condition.

    Book ID: 78933
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  • AIME CESAIRE. by [Cesaire, Aime] Kesteloot, Lilyan.
    [Cesaire, Aime] Kesteloot, Lilyan.
    AIME CESAIRE.

    Edition: Trade paperback (second printing, originally published in 1962.)

    Poitiers, Vienne, France: Editions Pierre Seghers, (1966.). "Presentation par Lilyan Kesteloot, choix de textes, bibliographie, portraits, fac-similes." Text in French (texte en francais.) Contains an introduction and biographical information by Lilyan Kesteloot, includes a generous selection of poems by Cesaire, the Martinque-born poet. Illustrated with several photographs. Poetes d'Aujourd'Hui 85; 211 pp. Small square format.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (from the collection of poet Elizabeth Harrod, with her name and date, and some annotations on a few pages.)

    Book ID: 41794
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  • LOST BODY / CORPS PERDU. by Cesaire, Aime; Pablo Picasso, illustrator.
    Cesaire, Aime; Pablo Picasso, illustrator.
    LOST BODY / CORPS PERDU.

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    New York: George Braziller, (1986). First edition - The first trade edition of this collection of 10 intertwined surrealistic poems by this Carribean poet, one of the foremost advocates of negritude, illustrated with spare drawings by Picasso, originally published in a limited edition of only 219 copies in 1950. Introduction and translation by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith. Bi-lingual edition with the complete original French text at the end. 130 pp plus colophon. ISBN: 0-807611484.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers with French flaps (some sunning to bottom edge of front cover).

    Book ID: 88345
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  • LYRIC AND DRAMATIC POETRY. by Cesaire, Aime (translated by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith.)
    Cesaire, Aime (translated by Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith.)
    LYRIC AND DRAMATIC POETRY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1990. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first appearance in English of two very significant works by Cesaire: the long dramatic poem 'Et les chiens se taisaient' (And the Dogs Were Silent) and 'moi, laminaire' and other poems. 'And the Dogs Were Silent' appears only in English in this volume; the shorter poems are in both French and English. Introduction by A. James Arnold. A title in the Caraf Series which consists of works of Caribbean and African Literature translated from the French. 235 pages. ISBN: 0-8139-12563.

    Condition: Fine (as new ) in gold cloth, no dustjacket as issued.

    Book ID: 23266
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  • NON-VICIOUS CIRCLE; Twenty Poems of Aime Cesaire. by Cesaire, Aime; translated by Gregson Davis
    Cesaire, Aime; translated by Gregson Davis
    NON-VICIOUS CIRCLE; Twenty Poems of Aime Cesaire.

    Edition: First printing.

    Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - Bilingual edition with the original French and English translation and commentary by Gregson Davis. "The black Martinican poet Aim Csaire. . has long been regarded in France as one of the great poets of the twentieth century. Moreover, the philosophy of negritude evolved by Csaire and his friend Leopold Senghor is an important bridge between modernism and contemporary Third World nationalistic movements. The twenty poems in this book, presented in French with facing English translations, have been chosen to illustrate fundamental aspects of Csaires thought, imagery, and style as these crystallized into a single, coherent system in the late 1940s and the 1950s.. . A substantial introduction discusses…

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    Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - Bilingual edition with the original French and English translation and commentary by Gregson Davis. "The black Martinican poet Aim Csaire. . has long been regarded in France as one of the great poets of the twentieth century. Moreover, the philosophy of negritude evolved by Csaire and his friend Leopold Senghor is an important bridge between modernism and contemporary Third World nationalistic movements. The twenty poems in this book, presented in French with facing English translations, have been chosen to illustrate fundamental aspects of Csaires thought, imagery, and style as these crystallized into a single, coherent system in the late 1940s and the 1950s.. . A substantial introduction discusses Csaire, his intellectual context, and the major critical issues in his work. The book is illustrated with a selection from the etchings done by Picasso for Cesaires collection Corps Perdu." xi, 152 pp. ISBN: 0804712077.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 62167
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  • SOLIBO MAGNIFICENT. by Chamoiseau, Patrick.
    Chamoiseau, Patrick.
    SOLIBO MAGNIFICENT.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1998.) dj. Hardcover - Translated from the French and Creole by Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokurov. AN 'intriguing riff on the police procedural' set during Carnival time in Fort-de-France, Martinque. Translators' afterword, glossary. 190 pp. ISBN: 0-679-432361.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 53006
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  • TEXACO. by Chamoiseau, Patrick.
    Chamoiseau, Patrick.
    TEXACO.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Granta, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Translated from the French and Creole by Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokurov. Winner of the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize. Traces one hundred and fifty years of post-slavery Caribbean history through the events of the Texaco quarter of Fort-de-France in Martinique. Translators' afterword, glossary. 401 pp. ISBN: 1-862070075.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69231
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