Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo is considered Africa’s first modern poet. He published numerous poetry anthologies, an opera, and two novels. He committed suicide by cyanide poisoning in 1937. The Government of Madagascar declared him its national poet upon independence in 1960.
About Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo in brief
Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo is considered Africa’s first modern poet. He was part of the first generation of Malagasy to grow up under French colonization. He published numerous poetry anthologies, an opera, and two novels. He committed suicide by cyanide poisoning in 1937. The Government of Madagascar declared him its national poet upon independence in 1960. A street and a high school in Antananarivo have been named after him, as has a dedicated room in the National Library of Madagascar. The legacy and influence of his works continue to be felt and his works are a focus of ongoing academic study. Modern Malagasi poets and literary figures including Elie Rajaonarison have cited him as a major inspiration. For more information, visit www.malagasypoetry.org or go to the Madagascar Poetry Museum. For more details on the National Museum of Madagascar, go to www.madagascar-poemuseum.org. The National Gallery of Madagascar has a special exhibition dedicated to Jean-Joseph Rabearivela. It is open to visitors from all over the world and is located in the heart of the capital, AntananARivo. To see more about the National Gallery, visit http://www.mad Madagascar-Poem.org/Négritude.html. In the U.S. and Europe, visit the National Bookshop of Madagascar at http:// www.nb.org/. In Madagascar, you can buy books and ship them to Madagascar for as little as $1.50.
You can also buy tickets to events in Madagascar for up to $10.00 in the United States and $20 in the UK. In the UK, tickets can be purchased for as much as $50.00. In France, you may buy tickets for as low as $30 in the city of Toulouse for a few hundred euros per ticket. In the Netherlands, tickets are available for about $50 in the cities of Amsterdam, Paris, and Tel Aviv. The tickets are also available in London for about the same price in the towns and cities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. A ticket to the Paris Universal Exposition in Paris is available for around $100 in the US and £100 in Europe. In Europe, tickets to the Universal Expositions in Paris and London cost about $200 in the USA and £150 in the rest of the world. For more info on the ParisUniversal Exposition, or to buy tickets in other countries, visit: www.theuniversalexposition.com. The French authorities’ decision to exclude him from the list of exhibitors at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, in 1924, led to his suicide. In 1925, he took a job as a proofreader at the Imprimerie de l’Imerina, a publishing house. He would continue to occupy his position for the remainder of his life. He wrote his first novel in 1924.