Canto general

Canto general

by Pablo Neruda, Hernan Loyola
     
 

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The Canto General, thought by many of Neruda's most prominent critics to be the poet's masterpiece, is the stunning epic of an entire continent and its people.  See more details below

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The Canto General, thought by many of Neruda's most prominent critics to be the poet's masterpiece, is the stunning epic of an entire continent and its people.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781400099641
Publisher:
Random House Mondadori
Publication date:
07/27/2004
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.47(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Pablo Neruda, nacido y muerto en Chile (Parral, 1904-Santiago, 1973), ha sido sin duda una de las voces más altas de la poesía mundial de nuestro tiempo. Desde el combate directo o desde la persecución y el exilio valerosamente arrostrados, la trayectoria del poeta, que en 1971 obtuvo el premio Nobel, configura, a la vez que la evolución de un intelectual militante, una de las principales aventuras expresivas de la lírica en lengua castellana, sustentada en un poderío verbal inigualable, que de la indiscriminada inmersión en el mundo de las fuerzas telúricas originarias se expandió a la fusión con el ámbito natal americano y supo cantar el instante amoroso que contiene el cosmos, el tiempo oscuro de la opresión y el tiempo encendido de la lucha. Una mirada que abarca a la vez la vastedad de los seres y el abismo interior del lenguaje: poeta total, Neruda pertenece ya a la tradición más viva de nuestra mayor poesía.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 12, 1904
Date of Death:
September 23, 1973
Place of Birth:
Parral, Chile
Place of Death:
Santiago, Chile
Education:
University of Chile, Santiago

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