"The beauty of the people’s first language"

In the current issue of the Guyana Review, Allan Fenty shares his memories of the late Wordsworth McAndrew: You would have hardly known from Wordsworth that he had been “a…

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Archie Markham remembered

Thanks to Antilles reader Alastair Bird for pointing me to two recent obituaries of E.A. Markham; one, unsigned, published a few days ago in the Telegraph, and the other by…

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"He always wore rubber slippers"

More on the late Wordsworth McAndrew in today’s Stabroek News; a brief statement by Guyana’s minister of culture, Frank Anthony, and a tribute by Oscar Ramjeet, which includes this entertaining…

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Hommage

Before Aimé Césaire, only three French writers were given the honour of a state funeral: Victor Hugo, Paul Valéry, and Colette. Both Le Monde and Le Figaro point this out…

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"Paris soit ce soir une ville martiniquaise"

“This evening, Paris is a Martinican city”–a rather lovely line (roughly translated) from the speech made earlier by Bertrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris, at a memorial ceremony for Aimé…

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Remembering Césaire

Aimé Césaire on the front page of today’s Le Monde Some more of the tributes to Aimé Césaire that have appeared online since his death on Thursday: For poets such…

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R.I.P. Aimé Césaire, 25 June, 1913-17 April, 2008

Sad (but not entirely unexpected) news from Martinique this morning: Aimé Césaire, one of the Caribbean’s (and France’s) major writers, leader of the negritude movement, and author of the seminal…

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Naipaul, Naipaul, Naipaul

So many reviews of Patrick French’s biography The World Is What It Is, each one sounding much like the last–the same repetition of the list of Sir Vidia’s sins, with…

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"Somewhere in the Zone"

Over at Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog, Brad Thomas Parsons has not only managed to snag a post-Pulitzer interview with Junot Diaz–he actually has the opening passage of Diaz’s current work-in-progress, “Dark…

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Don’t forget Shiva

From the midst of the flood of Naipaul-biography coverage, Nilanjana S. Roy reminds us, in the pages of the India Business Standard, about “The Other Naipaul Boy”–V.S.’s brother Shiva: I…

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