More from Havana’s International Book Fair: Mirta Fernández Martínez’s “Cantos de Negritud”

Another new book presented at Havana’s International Book Fair today was Cantos de Negritud (Arte y Literatura, 2012) by Mirta Fernández Martínez.

Description: In the framework of two commemorations to be held in 2012—the bicentennial of the conspiracy led by José Antonio Aponte and one hundred years after the massacre of the Independents of Color—Mirta Fernández Martínez presents her enlightening book Cantos de Negritud [Songs of Blackness].

She addresses figures of great importance in Caribbean arts, politics and thought—such as Haitian Jacques Roumain, Guyanese Léon Damas Gontran, and Martinican Aimé Césaire—with analyses, quotes, and poems, mostly translated by Fernández, providing the book with a perfect symbiosis of pleasurable reading and essential information, which brings the reader closer to the Negritude movement in its historical and cultural context. José Martí, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Nicolás Guillén, Alejo Carpentier, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Leopold Sédar Senghor, to name a few, are quoted extensively in the text, offering a varied approach to the phenomenon of racial discrimination.

Mirta Fernández Martínez is a professor, researcher, and translator. A specialist in literature of Africa and the Caribbean, she holds an MA in French and a PhD in Historical Sciences. She is also the author of Anthologie de littérature africaine d´expression française (t. I, 1988, t. II, 1989 and t. III, 1990), El ashé está en Cuba (1998 and 2003, with Valentina Porras), A la sombra del árbol tutelar (2004), Oralidad afroamericana (2005), Oralidad y africanía en Cuba (2006), and Leopold Sédar Senghor, el poeta (2007).

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