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Anteparadise
     

Anteparadise

by Raul Zurita, Jack Schmitt (Translator)
 

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Here is a major work by a Chilean poet thought by many to be the most brilliant and important new voice in the Spanish language. In its first American edition, this poetry is presented in Spanish and Enlgish, so that readers of both languages may listed to Zurita's voice.

Anteparadise can be read as a creative response, an act of resistance by a young

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Here is a major work by a Chilean poet thought by many to be the most brilliant and important new voice in the Spanish language. In its first American edition, this poetry is presented in Spanish and Enlgish, so that readers of both languages may listed to Zurita's voice.

Anteparadise can be read as a creative response, an act of resistance by a young artist to the violence and suffering during and after the 1973 coup that toppled the democratically elected Allende government. Zurita thus follows the example of several Latin American pets such as the Peruvian César Vallejo and Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, sharing their passion and urgency, but his voice is unique.

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Library Journal
Perhaps first-hand experience of Chile is necessary before the reader of these poems feels anything close to the translator's reaction to them. When he was first introduced to Zurita's poetry, Schmitt writes, it ``haunted me, even gave me nightmares,'' but the emotions that affected him so strongly may not be felt by others. If Zurita's writing embodies a ``unique poetic structure,'' it is also awkward, at least in translation (``Cold is the dawn of the lost/ awakened these landscapes shouting'') and, above all, repetitive: the words ``Chile,'' ``cordillera,'' and ``Andes,'' and sometimes all three, appear on virtually every page. For libraries with large Latin American collections only. David Kirby, English Dept., Florida State Univ., Tallahassee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520059269
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/19/1986
Edition description:
Spanish-English Bilingual Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Raúl Zurita, a Chilean poet living and writing in Santiago, is also the author of Purgatory (1979), Paradise Is Empty (1984) and Song to Their Missing Love (1985).

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