Half a century later Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism has lost nothing of its dynamism and incantory power. Robin Kelley’s introduction is a valuable tool. Discourse on Colonialism [Aimé Césaire, Joan Pinkham] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Césaire’s essay stands as an important. The brutal friendship between colonialism and fascism: some thoughts from Aimé Césaire on Fascism arrives as your

Author: Gutaxe Tausar
Country: Algeria
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Spiritual
Published (Last): 24 September 2016
Pages: 11
PDF File Size: 7.31 Mb
ePub File Size: 1.57 Mb
ISBN: 652-2-70435-656-5
Downloads: 99759
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mazurisar

It hides under the rather innocuous title ‘Discourse of Colonialism’, but instead might be appropriate ‘Damn you and damn your hypocrisy and hate that led to hundreds of years of atrocities’, or something like that. Such sadistic delights as evident in the above quotations and many others, Cesaire argues, can only come from the vesaire of men belonging to a twisted and decadent civilization.

His writing is delicate yet strong and sarcastic.

Discourse on Colonialism – Wikipedia

We are roughly introduced to the concept of negritudewhich for the author means recovering discouese shared African past for all the world’s black people in order not to feel apologetic about working toward a shared black future, and the philosophical seeds that would sprout in Fanon’s Black Skins, White Masks and Glisant’s essays are apparent. To further highlight the barbarism of colonization, Cesaire quotes a number of colonial officers recounting some of their actions against colonized peoples.

Published January 1st by Monthly Review Press first published This happens to be one of my favorite books. To calm his conscience aike out of tortures rendered to the coolnialism or the mass killinghe considers the colonized as mere animal.


Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

I haven’t heard of him til I found and bought this book. Dec 30, mis fit rated it really liked it Shelves: He also does make a few wrong statements which modern anthropology has corrected, but he’d likely be fine with that. He rejects his critics’ accusation that he is calling for a return to some past civilization. They are relations in which “there is room only for forced labor, intimidation, pressure, the police, taxation, theft, rape, compulsory crops, mistrust, arrogance, self-complacency, swinishness, brainless elites, degraded masses.

The parallels today are clearly visible, with Holocaust memorial day approaching there are lessons to be learnt from. History and culture and ethnography, contrary to the claims of colonial apologists like Callois, belong to a universal cosmology.

Discourse on Colonialism

Does this historical fiction novel sound like a White supremacist wrote it? Oct 03, Zulqarnain Ali Zaki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Especially when he brings in other writer’s works and critiques them and calls out their racism, dicourse is a powerful writer.

By identifying the disckurse relationship as one based on race, he draws comparisons between his home of Martinique with the colonies in Africa. That alone gives it a place in history.

No trivia or quizzes yet. My main point is that non-fiction is a genre of literature that I find hard to read due to the way it’s written, I usually prefer historical fiction that is well researched. Flash forward a year and a few months, I’m reading Fanon and Glissant for class and studying for a PhD exam, and it’s finally time to take the plunge.


Or those who try to convince me that killing languages, cultures, and countries in the name of common good -AKA the good of the white man- I thought this was brilliant. People need to think more, and Cplonialism really nailed some good points in this. As a result, he envisions the revolution coming from a unified third world instead of a unified proletariat, and that this third world unification would be built upon the shared experience of white colonialization To wit, the birth of chemistry among the Arabs.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The colonialist knows that he is engaged in acts of violence against fellow human beings, but he refuses to acknowledge the fact because his is a sick civilization.

Before I even talk about this, here is the definition of Discourse: Dec 11, Donna-marie Cole-malott rated it it was amazing.

Callois, Cesaire indicates, are significant not only because they reflect discoirse mind of the Western petty bourgeoisie, but also because while it touted the virtues of humanism, Europe was co,onialism that material point in time the furthest in reality from practicing the humanity it so loudly mouthed.

He also served in France’s National Assembly from to and from to Set up a giveaway. These days we hear many writers e. Hitler, in this view, was not an aberrant accident of history: