The Essential Neruda

The Essential Neruda : Selected Poems (English and Spanish Edition)

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No other edition exists like this one -- other selections are idiosyncratic based upon the translator's preferences, or they select from Neruda's themes/styles, such as the Collected Odes or Love Poems, etc. Ben Bellitt's collection is the only one that comes close, and the translations are widely considered to be awful. These are new translations by some of the most prominent translators of Latin American writing, and includes some previously untranslated works considered by scholars to be some of Neruda's most imortant. Neruda is one of the most popular and beloved poets of all time -- this will become a must-have for anyone being introduced to his work.
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 140 x 214 x 19mm | 298g
  • Monroe, OR, United States
  • English, Spanish
  • Abridged
  • Bilingual
  • 0872864286
  • 9780872864283
  • 26,420

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"The call for a more accessible collection of Neruda's important poems is answered with City Lights' The Essential Neruda, a 200-page edition that offers 50 of Neruda's key poems. The editors and translators know how to extract gold from a lifetime of prolific writing. If you want a handy Neruda companion and don't know where to begin, this is it."-Bloomsbury Review

" ...The Essential Neruda will prove to be, for most readers, the best introduction to Neruda available in English. In fact, I can think of few other books that have given me so much delight so easily. At only 234 pages (bilingual), it somehow manages to convey the fullness of Neruda's poetic arc: Reading it is like reading the autobiography of a poetic sensibility (granted, the abridged version)."-Austin Chronicle

"This book is a must-have for any reader interested in a definitive sampling of the most essential poems by one whom many consider one of the best poets of the 20th century."-Tulsa World

"What better way to celebrate the hundred years of Neruda's glorious residence on our earth than this selection of crucial works - in both languages! - by one of the greatest poets of all time. A splendid way to begin a love affair with our Pablo or, having already succumbed to his infinite charms, revisit him passionately again and again and yet again."-Ariel Dorfman, author of Konfidenz and The Nanny and the Iceberg

"If the notion had struck Pablo Neruda, I am quite sure that like Fernando Pessoa and Antonio Machado he would have given birth to what the former called heteronyms. Like Pessoa especially, Neruda can be several poets according to where he is and when and what his mood might be. It is quite fitting therefore that his work in this anthology be shared by various translators, for, ideally, a translator is but another heteronym speaking in a different tongue and at a different time. Neruda is well served here by these other voices of his."-Gregory Rabassa
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About Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda is regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971, his breadth of vision and wide range of themes are extraordinary, and his work continues to inspire new generations of writers. Mark Eisner, poet and translator, is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Center for Latin American Studies. He has wandered and worked throughout Latin America from Cuba to Chile for years and is currently directing and producing a documentary film on Pablo Neruda.
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