A Season In The Congo: A Play

A Season In The Congo A Play This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime C saire recounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero A Season in

  • Title: A Season In The Congo: A Play
  • Author: Aimé Césaire
  • ISBN: 9780394173948
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime C saire recounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero A Season in the Congo follows Lumumba s efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961 C saire powerfully depicts Lum This play by renowned poet and political activist Aime C saire recounts the tragic death of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Congo Republic and an African nationalist hero A Season in the Congo follows Lumumba s efforts to free the Congolese from Belgian rule and the political struggles that led to his assassination in 1961 C saire powerfully depicts Lumumba as a sympathetic, Christ like figure whose conscious martyrdom reflects his self sacrificing humanity and commitment to pan Africanism Born in Martinique and educated in Paris, C saire was a revolutionary artist and lifelong political activist, who founded the Martinique Independent Revolution Party C saire s ardent personal opposition to Western imperialism and racism fuels both his profound sympathy for Lumumba and the emotional strength of A Season in the Congo Now rendered in a lyrical translation by distinguished scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, C saire s play will find a new audience of readers interested in world literature and the vestiges of European colonialism.

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    1. “Hear ye! Hear ye! The buffalo is wounded. He can’t do anything at all because he’s been shot. That’s why the buffalo has grown furious. Who is the buffalo? The buffalo, it’s the government of the Belgians and the Flemish.”- A Season in the Congo, Aimé Césaire Aimé Césaire is a writer from Martinique, yet he managed to write a play that truly captured the spirit of Congo during the time of Congolese independence from Belgium.I’ve always been interested in Lumumba since I heard [...]

    2. Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) was a legendary and influential Caribbean poet, playwright and public intellectual, who was also one of the creators of the Négritude movement in Francophone literature, whose aim was to unite the peoples of the Caribbean and African French colonies in opposition to the "mother country". Une saison au congo is the third of four plays that Césaire wrote in his lifetime, which is about the brief and tumultuous career of Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the [...]

    3. We just saw the Young Vic production of A Season in the Congo, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, and like Darryl I am blown away. It is a fantastic piece of theater, which effortlessly manages to be several things at once: a biopic of Patrice Lumumba's life, a modern version of a Shakespearian tragedy, a measured indictment of the appalling racist hypocrisy that was European colonialism, and a sexy, physical piece of song and dance. I do not agree with Darryl that Lumumba is portrayed as a Christ figur [...]

    4. Swift, funny, sad, and enraging. Cesaire's an important writer for understanding the immoral history of the 20th century. Here you can learn about Lumumba, whom the CIA helped kill. (Um, spoiler alert, I guess?) Far from the only democratically-elected egalitarian leader that the US undermined and destroyed in the 20th.When people talk about Trump destroying the US's moral standing c'mon, it was dead long ago. Trump's just showing how rotten we are and have been all along, and speeding things up [...]

    5. "Une saison au Congo" est une pièce à thématique politique qui retrace la vie de Lumumba depuis le début de l'Indépendance du Congo à sa mort. La trame narrative est cohérente et le développement de la psychologie des personnages se fait à travers le livre. Par contre, une certaine connaissance de l'histoire du Congo et des différentes ethnies peut être utile pour aboutir à une compréhension totale du texte.

    6. The play happens around the time when many nations started a way towards independence. And as it shows from its name obviously, it's about what happened during that period on Kongo. It seems that, after a while things changed as usual and nothing went the way they thought it would go. It was not the first time that something like this appeared in part of the world, and it won't be the last, Unfortunately,

    7. 4.5Shakespearean intrigue in postcolonial Congo. Deft use of different registers -- scathing satire (sometimes in verse), moving poetry, humorous scenes of everyday life. The main character, Patrice Lumumba, is both a tragic hero -- a scene at the end of the play is clearly drawn from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar -- and a symbol of anticolonial resistance and Congolese nationalism. A tantalizingly ambiguous scene towards the end even suggests that Lumumba the beer-seller might become a Christ fig [...]

    8. This is a powerful political play about the overthrow and assassination of the first prime minister of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba. It is written in a mixture of prose and verse, and as one would expect from Césaire (see my review of Une tempête in January), it combines realistic dialogue and surrealist poetry to create a symbolic allegory. While I am not familiar with all the details of these events, it is obvious that the play is less concerned with an accurate historical account than with pr [...]

    9. 3.5. Une lecture essentielle pour lutter contre l'impérialisme. Parfois drôle, souvent poétique, et boulversant du début à la fin. J'aimerais voir une représentation. Des trahisons, des meurtres, de la politique. Et je retiens la force de Lumumba.

    10. For a supposedly sympathetic portrayal of Patrice Lumumba this doesn't make him seem particularly sympathetic, the blurb for example states that he is portrayed as a 'Christ-like' figure. The conflicting representation is most likely down to Spivak's extremely questionable translation - it's probably a great text when read in French.

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