12 avril 2007.
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Edouard Glissant is a poet and playwright one of the most influential figures in Caribbean and world literature. He was born in Mrtinique in 1928 and started working in Paris for a literary magazine, Les lettres nouvelles. His first poems (Un champ d’îles, La terre inquiète et Les Indes) were published in Jean Paris’s anthology of new poetry. In 1958, he was awarded the renowned Prix Renaudot for his first novel, La Lézarde (Eng. > The Ripening). He returned to Martinique in 1965. Back in Paris in 1981, he worked as a leading UNESCO official and later as chief editor of the Courrier de l’UNESCO (1982-1988) where he was ideally placed to develop his philosophy on relations to the world and cultural creolization. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY (City University of New York) and one of the vice-presidents of the Internaitonal of Writers.

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Synopsis of Une nouvelle région du monde : Esthétique I :

"Everyone of us brings together at will all the rivers, the mountains, the canyons, the forests or the bush, the hedges and the lakes, the valleys and the fjords that share a geography and that assemble all the tales of all the world, all the rivers where the people lit fires for the clarity of their water ; and the mountains where so many trod and the great valleys and the ravines with ever so lightly outlined escape paths and the bush where so many escaped slaves and resistants took refuge. The art of bringing them together each time in a poem or a chaos-opera is a fertile means of losing these places the better to reassemble them. Les poétiques du Tout-monde are the product of the imaginations of our most disseminated, our most obstinate policies of the here and the there, of the forgotten battles and the badly heard cries and fragile gatherings and promises that are most impossible to satisfy."

A brief summary of La Cohée du Lamentin :

La cohée du Lamentin is simply the name of the Glissant’s birthplace, a village near Le Lamentin where he owns a house where he likes to write. This fifth book in his “Poétique” series follows along the same vein. Edouard Glissant continues to develop his very original and personal reflections outside of systems of thought and thoughts of systems. He deals in particular with the essential, in his eyes, and fecund interpenetration between creolization and poetry, in his short essays about painters such as Mata or Wilfredo Lam and writers like Faulkner and Saint-John Perse. The book also brings together the prefaces written by the author for the exhibition catalogues of the works of the above named artists.