Canto General

Canto General

by Pablo Neruda
     
 

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Before the wig and the dress coat there were rivers, arterial rivers: there were cordilleras, jagged waves where the condor and the snow seemed immutable: there was dampness and dense growth, the thunder as yet unnamed, the planetary pampas.

Man was dust, earthen vase, an eyelid of tremulous loam, the shape of clay - he was Carib jug, Chibcha stone, imperial cup or

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Before the wig and the dress coat there were rivers, arterial rivers: there were cordilleras, jagged waves where the condor and the snow seemed immutable: there was dampness and dense growth, the thunder as yet unnamed, the planetary pampas.

Man was dust, earthen vase, an eyelid of tremulous loam, the shape of clay - he was Carib jug, Chibcha stone, imperial cup or Araucanian silica. Tender and bloody was he, but on the grip of his weapon of moist flint, the initials of the earth were written. - from A Lamp on Earth

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Library Journal
Comprising 15 sections and over 300 separate poems, this epic traces the history of Spanish America from the pre-Colombian innocence to present corruption. Despite the heavy-handed, overt, and somewhat dated Communist propaganda, the permanent value of this masterpiece lies in the personal prophetic vision, grandiose scheme, and heterogeneity of verse forms. Neruda coalesces contrasting styles, from the sublime, almost mystical lyricism of self-exploration in ``The Heights of Macchu Picchu'' to the prosaic, oratorical bombast of ``The Sand Betrayed.'' Although excerpts have been previously translated and regularly anthologized, this landmark edition, accurate and literal, marks the first time this monumental work appears in English in its entirety. Recommended.-- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
Booknews
The masterpiece of the greatest poet of the 20th century, and thus one of the central productions of modern poetry, the 15-part Canto, containing some 300 poems, is a visionary epic of Latin America and its people, akin to nothing more than Whitman's Leaves of grass. Although some parts of the Canto, including The Heights of Macchu Picchu, have been translated, this is the first English- language appearance of the Canto on its entirety, and the translation, by Jack Schmitt, is a remarkable accomplishment in its own right. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520082793
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Series:
Latin American Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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