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Aime Cesaire’s work is foundational for decolonial and postcolonial thought. His Discourse on Colonialism, first published in 1955, influenced generations of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean and it remains a classic of anticolonial thought.
This unique volume takes the form of a series of interviews with Cesaire that were conducted by Francoise Verges in 2004, shortly before his death. Cesaire’s responses to Verges’ questions cover a wide range of topics, including the origins of his political activism, the legacies of slavery and colonialism, the question of reparation for slavery and the problems of marrying literature to politics. The book includes a substantial postface by Verges in which she situates Cesaire’s work in its intellectual and political context.
This timely book brings Cesaire back into the present-day conversation on race, slavery and the legacy of colonialism. His penetrating insights on these matters should appeal to scholars and students throughout the humanities and social sciences as well as to the general public.