ISBN 9789350020517,Discourse on Colonialism

Discourse on Colonialism

Author:

Aime Cesaire

Publisher:

Aakar Books

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ISBN 9789350020517
Publisher

Aakar Books

Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789350020517

ISBN-10 9350020513
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 102 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

History

This classic work, first published in France in 1955, profoundly influenced the generation of scholars and activists at the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Nearly twenty years later, when published for the first time in English, Discourse on Colonialism inspired a new generation engaged in the Civil Rights, Black Power, and anti-war movements and has sold more than 75,000 copies to date. Aime Cesaire eloquently describes the brutal impact of capitalism and colonialism on both the colonizer and colonized, exposing the contradictions and hypocrisy implicit in western notions of "progress" and "civilization" upon encountering the "savage," "uncultured," or "primitive." Here, Cesaire reaffirms African values, identity, and culture, and their relevance, reminding us that "the relationship between consciousness and reality are extremely complex. . . . It is equally necessary to decolonize our minds, our inner life, at the same time that we decolonize society." An interview with Cesaire by the poet Rene Depestre is also included.
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