Martinique introduction

Martinique introduction - Martinique Snake Charmer...

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Martinique Snake Charmer Highlights from the introduction by Franklin Rosemont
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Importance of the book Euzhan Palcy Author and film maker ( Sugar Cane Alley ): “the most beautiful of all books” on Martinique.
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Aspects of “Sugar Cane Alley” Scenes of work in the cane fields Old man story-teller Boy succeeds through education Slave master replaced by “boss” Light-skinned mulattos feel superior Some blacks “hate their race”
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Background of the book Written during World War II --1941 the Germans occupied Paris --Armistice by Premier Pétain --Germans control Atlantic, northern 3/5 of France --French puppet government set up in Vichy, with Marshal Pétain as premier --Vichy government pro-Nazi, represses the French.
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André Breton (1896-1966) André Breton the leader of Surrealism, --The rational world does not work (World War I, Fascism) --A big change is necessary. --Dada movement already challenged reason.
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