Léon-Gontran Damas, 
the jazzy poet
ISBN: 9782919372331
Publication: Dec. 27, 2017
48 pages
105 × 150 mm
Black and white drawings
FBP: 7.50 €
Organisation internationale de la francophonie

Léon-Gontran Damas,
the jazzy poet

Nimrod, Gopal Dagnogo
A silent child until the age of six, Léon-Gontran Damas soon leaves French Guiana for Martinique and then Paris. It is there that the free young man, a jazz lover, will meet Césaire and Senghor. The three poets will revolutionise poetry, by inventing Negritude ; the defence of black people’s values.
  • Nimrod An excellent connoisseur of negritude poets, it is both as a novelist and a poet that Nimrod tells us about the enchanted life of Léon-Gontran Damas. Nimrod publishes with Actes Sud and Obsidiane.

  • Gopal Dagnogo is a painter. He nourishes his work from combinations, readings, and the diversity that he encounters during his travels between Africa, Europe, and Asia.  In the “Seeds and Guides” collection, he has illustrated the title on Sitting Bull, Miriam Makeba, Alexandra David-Néel, as well as that on Léon-Gontran Damas.

We speak of it!
  • Gopal Dagnogo, who had already illustrated a few works in this collection, has surpassed himself here with compositions (in black and white) that are sometimes plays on Negro art, Surrealism or Henri Matisse’s birds. With this work on Léon-Gontran Damas is probably offered to us the jewel of the works by the À dos d’âne publishers, who invite discovery of the men and women who have changed the world.

    critiques libres
  • The biographer, Nimrod, himself a poet, is a fine connoisseur of the poets of negritude. The illustrations by Gopal Dagnogo present the characters with a little broken-down air as Picasso does, with a wink at Matisse as well.

    InterCDI. La revue des Centres de Documentation et d'Information
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