Flights of Victory (Vuelos de Victoria)

Flights of Victory (Vuelos de Victoria)

by Ernesto Cardenal, Ellen Banberger
     
 

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In this bilingual edition, Ernesto Cardenal celebrates his country's successful revolution against the Somoza regime. Recognized world-wide as a major poetic voice from Latin America, he also has long been an activist fighting for political freedom, and he served as Nicaragua's Minister of Culture from 1979-1988. In Flights of Victory, Ernesto

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In this bilingual edition, Ernesto Cardenal celebrates his country's successful revolution against the Somoza regime. Recognized world-wide as a major poetic voice from Latin America, he also has long been an activist fighting for political freedom, and he served as Nicaragua's Minister of Culture from 1979-1988. In Flights of Victory, Ernesto Cardenal reflects on events of recent Nicaraguan history with poems about the insurrection against Somoza, the triumph of the popular movement, and the reconstruction of the country, from the unique perspective of a poet-participant.

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"Cardenal's work has always focused on the 'democratization of culture'...his love of people, language, and country." — Library Journal

"His verse often seems like 'story-poetry', relating events, impressions and emotions that are deeply rooted in material history..." — NACLA

Library Journal
Editor Zimmerman is aiming at ``presenting a complete picture of Cardenal's poetic development during the years of Nicaragua's insurrection and reconstruction.'' Cardenal's work (as in With Walker in Nicaragua and Other Early Poems, 1949-1954 , LJ 11/1/84) has always focused on the ```democratization of culture,''' and in these recent poems we continue to see his love of people, language, and country. The language here is clear, concrete, reflecting Cardenal's belief that if placed at the center of life rather than at the peripheries of it, poetry can make things happen: ``it's also the time for new songs . . . there's a new word in our everyday speech/ `Companero'/ all this will remain for whoever wishes to see it . . . the beginning of the new history/ poetic newspapers.'' Recommended for larger collections. Thom Tammaro, Multidisciplinary Studies Dept., Moorhead State Univ., Minn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780915306749
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
123
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Reverend Father Ernesto Cardenal Martínez (born January 20, 1925) is a Nicaraguan Catholic priest and was one of the most famous liberation theologians of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, a party he has since left. From 1979 to 1987 he served as Nicaragua's first culture minister. He is also famous as a poet. Cardenal was also the founder of the primitivist art community in the Solentiname Islands, where he lived for more than ten years (1965–1977).

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