“This poem is probably my favourite work of literature that I’ve ever read. Césaire, as a Martiniquan French subject, went to France for his schooling and at the end of his studies was on vacation in the former Yugoslavia, looking out at the Adriatic Sea. He had the Homeric epics, particularly The Odyssey, in mind, but was also drawn back over the waves of imaginary waters to his homeland in the Caribbean. He wrote it upon his return to Martinique. So it’s a book-length poem that tells the story of what it feels like, as a French educated subject, to return home both with new eyes and eyes that have a deeply intimate relationship with the Caribbean.” Read more...
The Best Postcolonial Literature
Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb,