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By Paul Breslin

Nobody's Nation bargains an illuminating examine the St. Lucian, Nobel-Prize-winning author, Derek Walcott, and grounds his paintings firmly within the context of West Indian historical past. Paul Breslin argues that Walcott's poems and performs are certain up with an attempt to re-imagine West Indian society because its emergence from colonial rule, its ill-fated try at political solidarity, and its next dispersal into tiny nation-states.

According to Breslin, Walcott's paintings is centrally occupied with the West Indies' imputed absence from heritage and absence of cohesive nationwide identification or cultural culture. Walcott sees this lack now not as impoverishment yet as an open house for construction. In his poems and performs, West Indian background turns into a realm of necessity, whatever to be faced, contested, and remade via literature. what's such a lot vexed and encouraged in Walcott's paintings may be traced to this quixotic struggle.
Linking broad archival examine and new interviews with Walcott himself to precise severe readings of significant works, Nobody's Nation will take its position because the definitive learn of the poet.

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