Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo

1901 - 1937

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Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (4 March 1901 or 1903 – 22 June 1937), born Joseph-Casimir Rabearivelo, was a Malagasy poet who is widely considered to be Africa's first modern poet and the greatest literary artist of Madagascar. Part of the first Malagasy generation raised under French colonization, Rabearivelo grew up impoverished and failed to complete secondary education. His passion for French literature and traditional Malagasy oral poetry (hainteny) prompted him to read extensively and educate himself on a variety of subjects, including the French language and its poetic and prose traditions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo has received more than 126,260 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo is the 2,857th most popular writer (up from 3,179th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Madagascar and the 2nd most popular Malagasy Writer.

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J.J. Rabearivelo
Complete late poetry of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo
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Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1901-1937) is generally acknowledged, in his own country and abroad, as the greatest twentieth-century poet of Madagascar. Many of his poems have been included in anthologies of African poetry. The present volurne contains the first complete translation from Malagasy of Rabearivelo's late poetry.
Traduit de la nuit ; suivi de, Vieillles chansons des pays d'Imerina, et autres poèmes


Among writers, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 2,857 out of 7,302Before him are Mahasweta Devi, Phlegon of Tralles, Aleksander Fredro, Carl Jonas Love Almqvist, Irvine Welsh, and Leonid Leonov. After him are Dmitry Likhachov, Anne McCaffrey, Bernardo Dovizi, Maurice Sendak, Ferenc Kazinczy, and Yasutaka Tsutsui.

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Among people born in 1901, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 140Before him are Antal Szerb, Stanisław Mikołajczyk, Ismail al-Azhari, Ebbe Schwartz, George Raft, and Lanza del Vasto. After him are Mario Scelba, Yuliya Solntseva, Arleigh Burke, Rose Ausländer, Claude Choules, and Umberto Caligaris. Among people deceased in 1937, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 84Before him are Máté Zalka, Lev Karakhan, Peljidiin Genden, Ahmad Javad, Maria Ilyinichna Ulyanova, and Rafael de Nogales Méndez. After him are Ieronim Uborevich, Movses Silikyan, Erkki Melartin, Henri Lebasque, Adolf Erman, and Josep Comas i Solà.

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In Madagascar

Among people born in Madagascar, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 16 out of 36Before him are Radama II (1829), Rasoherina (1814), Gabriel Ramanantsoa (1906), Rainilaiarivony (1828), Hery Rajaonarimampianina (1958), and Albert Zafy (1927). After him are Andry Rajoelina (1974), Richard Ratsimandrava (1931), Omer Beriziky (1950), Christian Ntsay (1961), Gilles Andriamahazo (1919), and Said Mohamed Djohar (1918).

Among WRITERS In Madagascar

Among writers born in Madagascar, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 2Before him are Claude Simon (1913).