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Author: Derek Walcott
ISBN 13: 9780374523503
ISBN 10: 374523509
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 1992-06-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $18.00

A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer, which simultaneously charts two currents of history: the visible history charted in events — the tribal losses of the American Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement — and the interior, unwritten epic fashioned from the suffering of the individual in exile.

Chicago Tribune - G.E. Murray

Unlike many Caribbean writers of his generation, Walcott resisted for a long time the lure of emigration, preferring to help establish a strong Caribbean literary culture from within as both poet and dramatist. As such he is described as "a 20th century man with an Elizabethan sense of language.