So begins Aimé Césaire’s wonderful 1939 Cahier d’un retour au pays natal/Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, described by Andre Breton as ‘nothing less than the greatest lyrical monument of this time’. Césaire, writer and politician, was born in 1913 in Martinique and died in 2008. He was one of the founders of Negritude, the international black consciousness movement that challenged colonialism and racial inferiority. Césaire served as mayor of the Martinique capital and was a deputy in France’s National Assembly almost continuously for five decades. Césaire has been described as ‘perhaps the greatest poet of the anti-colonial movement’.