DIGITAL: Aimé Césaire and the Broken Record

A project by Alex Gil charting work on Aimé Césaire: ,"The following enumerative bibliography of critical commentary and scholarship on Aimé Césaire builds on and refines the Aimé Césaire Zotero Group collective bibliography. This bibliography is the largest of its kind in existence today. If you would like to contribute, please join the group and … Continue reading DIGITAL: Aimé Césaire and the Broken Record

Alex Gil: “This double voice that could pass the censors was key to their survival.”

As the journal steamed on, Aimé Césaire was secretly working on a brutally direct historical drama with the title “Et les chiens se taisaient” (And the Dogs Were Silent). The plot of the drama revolved around the events of the Haitian Revolution (see post below). The manuscript could’ve cost him his livelihood—if not his life—had it been found by the fascists. But fascism is only half of the story. After the war, 1946, after fascism had been replaced with liberal colonialism, the line “Kill the Whites,” refrained 70+ times in the original, was reduced to one appearance in the PG-13 oratorio published in Paris for a bruised audience. As with most famous attempts at presenting black armies decimating white armies, history didn’t find its proper stage.