Edouard Glissant

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Glissant, Edouard


Born Sept. 21, 1928, in Sainte-Marie, Martinique. Martinican writer (writes in French).

In Glissant’s work, which reflects the establishment of the national vonsciousness, the history and character of the country are interpreted in a generalized, romantic way. Glissant’s narrative poems Two Indias (1956) and Black Salt (1958) combine rich imagistic verse with rationalist structure. His play Mr. Toussaint (1961), about F. D. Toussaint-L’Ouverture, the leader of the Haitian revolution, and the novels The Lézarde River (1958) and The Fourth Century (1964) are characterized by romantic passion and an attempt to re-create the life of the people as it developed.


Soleil de la conscience (essai). Paris, 1956.
Le sang rivé. Paris, 1961.
Poèmes. Paris, 1965.
In Russian translation:
“Chernaia sol’.” In the collection Vremia plameneiushchikh derev’ev. Foreword by E. L. Gal’perina. Moscow, 1961.


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