San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
THURSDAY, APRIL 10 AT 7PM
At the Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, D.C.
General Admission: Free - reservation required
Both presentation and documentary will be in French, without interpretation or subtitles.
Advance paid parking available (must be purchased in advance). Additional parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot.
Aimé Césaire with Professor A. James Arnold
This event will begin with a presentation, Q & A, and signing of A. James Arnold and Clayton Eshleman’s book of “Aimé Césaire: The Original 1939 Notebook of A Return to the Native Land,” and will be followed by a wine reception and screening of the documentary, “Aimé Césaire : le masque des mots” .
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Aimé Césaire (1913 – 2008) was best known as the co-creator of the concept of négritude.
A. James Arnold is emeritus professor of French at the University of Virginia. He is the lead editor of Césaire’s complete literary works in French (in progress) and author of Modernism and Negritude : The Poetry and Poetics of Aimé Césaire.
Clayton Eshleman is a professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University and the foremost American translator of Aimé Césaire. He is the author of The Grindstone of Rapport / A Clayton Eshleman Reader and translator of The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo.
ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY
Aimé Césaire : le masque des mots (The Mask of Words)
Director: Sarah Maldoror
Country: France - 2010 - 47 min. - DVD
Screened in French (no subtitles)
Sarah Maldoror, who already interviewed the poet in Michel Leiris 1976’s film, invites us to meet Aimé Césaire. In this portrait of the brilliant writer from Martinique, she unveils Aimé Césaire through three aspects: his fight for black people’s rights; his literary life with his creation, his encounters, his influences and his political involvement; and finally his work as a mayor of Fort-de-France. Mostly based on interviews with the poet, this documentary was made on the occasion of Césaire’s tribute paid by the city of Miami.