In her brilliant new translation of "The Solitudes," Gongora s impossible masterpiece, Edith Grossman gives us the full measure of both his genius and his weirdness. "The New Criterion" Remarkably lucid . . . [Grossman's] lines often achieve a mesmerizing shimmer. . . . Reading Gongora is like traveling by hot-air balloon- you'll get somewhere eventually, but all the pleasure is in the elevation (and occasional vertigo). . . . It's hard to imagine a better effort to capture [this] poem. "The New York Times Book Review" Edith Grossman has surpassed even her magnificent version of "Don Quixote" by the far more difficult translation of Gongora's "Solitudes." Few European poems are as sublime as "The Solitudes," and Grossman illuminates this truth. Harold Bloom This is true alchemy: to change the gold of one language into the gold of another. Such things are miracles: the baroque architecture of Gongora's poem has been given a shining equivalent in twenty-first-century English through the art of Edith Grossman. Cees Nooteboom Edith Grossman has accomplished the formidable literary labor of translating into elegant, contemporary English Gongora's "Soledades," the highest poetic achievement in the Spanish language. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Yale University; author of "Celestina's Brood" In Latin America, Gongora influenced much of the writing of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, of Borges, and (in lesser measure) of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Above all, he is the 'origin and source' of the great Cuban literature, that of Alejo Carpentier, Severo Sarduy, and Lezama Lima. In Spain he became the precursor of the best poets of the early twentieth century, from Garcia Lorca to Luis Cernuda. Perhaps, in the brilliant translation of Edith Grossman, he might have a similar effect. Alberto Manguel, from the Introduction "The Solitudes" is the most refreshing poem of seventeenth-century European literature, and Gongora is the seventeenth century's Picasso, a rebel fountain that makes new water out of old. Edith Grossman's translation is the river that carries this new water across centuries and continents, and that allows us to drink of Gongora's genius. Joaquin Roses, University of Cordoba Luis de Gongora was one of the great surprises of the Spanish Renaissance. He proved to be a poet of world stature, a figure comparable, say, to John Donne and George Herbert in English and a wildly imaginative and deeply rewarding poet of the senses. Edith Grossman has splendidly brought his "Solitudes" to life in English. Edward Hirsch"