Intimacies: Poems of Love

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From Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda comes Intimacies—a beautiful companion to On the Blue Shore of Silence—showcasing some of Neruda's most extraordinary love poems, and once again married with Mary Heebner's earthy, evocative paintings.

Neruda is celebrated the world over as a chronicler of love, and this vibrant addition to the revered master's canon offers readers a new interpretation on his writings about love and intimacy.

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Overview

From Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda comes Intimacies—a beautiful companion to On the Blue Shore of Silence—showcasing some of Neruda's most extraordinary love poems, and once again married with Mary Heebner's earthy, evocative paintings.

Neruda is celebrated the world over as a chronicler of love, and this vibrant addition to the revered master's canon offers readers a new interpretation on his writings about love and intimacy.

The poems in this collection remind us that love is woven through all life, and that amorous love is only but the tip of such a powerful emotion. This collection presents Neruda at the height of his powers, with some of the most vibrant verses of the twentieth century.

In a stunning package, with translations from acclaimed poet Alastair Reid, Intimacies is a book to be cherished and adored by both the most ardent Neruda fan and those new to the work of such an esteemed craftsman.


Del Premio Nobel Pablo Nerudallega Intimismos—un bellísimo compañero paraA la orilla azul del silencio—presentando algunosde los poemas de amor más extraordinarios de Neruda, unidos una vez más a las pinturas telúricas y evocativas de Mary Heebner.

Neruda es celebrado por el mundo entero como el cronista del amor. Esta brillante adición al canon del venerado maestro les ofrece a sus lectores una nueva interpretación de sus escrituras sobre el amor y el papel que juega en nuestras vidas.

Los poemas de esta colección nos recuerdan que el amor se encuentra entretejido en toda la vida, y que el amor romántico no es más que una punta de tan poderosa emoción. Esta colección presenta a Neruda en la cúspide de su proeza, con algunos de los versos más vibrantes del siglo veinte.

Esta edición estelar de Intimismos, con traducciones por el aclamado poeta Alastair Reid, será apreciada y adorada tanto por los apasionados admiradores de Neruda como por aquellos que son nuevos a la obra de este honrado artesano.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061492167
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish and English
  • Pages: 82
  • Sales rank: 542,832
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), one of the most beloved poets of the twentieth century, was born in Parral, Chile. ?He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.


Pablo Neruda (1904–1973), uno de los poetas más renombrados del siglo veinte, nació en Parral, Chile. En 1950 compartió el Premio Internacional de la Paz con Paul Robeson y Pablo Picasso, y en 1971 fue galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Literatura.

Mary Heebner is a visual artist based in Santa Barbara, whose paintings and artist's books are in several collections, museums and libraries throughout the country.

Biography

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), whose real name is Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto, was born on 12 July, 1904, in the town of Parral in Chile. His father was a railway employee and his mother, who died shortly after his birth, a teacher. Some years later his father, who had then moved to the town of Temuco, remarried Doña Trinidad Candia Malverde. The poet spent his childhood and youth in Temuco, where he also got to know Gabriela Mistral, head of the girls' secondary school, who took a liking to him. At the early age of thirteen he began to contribute some articles to the daily "La Mañana," among them, Entusiasmo y Perseverancia -- his first publication -- and his first poem. In 1920, he became a contributor to the literary journal "Selva Austral" under the pen name of Pablo Neruda, which he adopted in memory of the Czechoslovak poet Jan Neruda (1834-1891). Some of the poems Neruda wrote at that time are to be found in his first published book: Crepusculario (1923). The following year saw the publication of Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, one of his best-known and most translated works. Alongside his literary activities, Neruda studied French and pedagogy at the University of Chile in Santiago.

Between 1927 and 1935, the government put him in charge of a number of honorary consulships, which took him to Burma, Ceylon, Java, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Madrid. His poetic production during that difficult period included, among other works, the collection of esoteric surrealistic poems, Residencia en la tierra (1933), which marked his literary breakthrough.

The Spanish Civil War and the murder of García Lorca, whom Neruda knew, affected him strongly and made him join the Republican movement, first in Spain, and later in France, where he started working on his collection of poems España en el corazón (1937). The same year he returned to his native country, to which he had been recalled, and his poetry during the following period was characterized by an orientation towards political and social matters. España en el corazón had a great impact by virtue of its being printed in the middle of the front during the civil war.

In 1939, Neruda was appointed consul for the Spanish emigration, residing in Paris, and, shortly afterwards, consul general in Mexico, where he rewrote his "Canto general de Chile," transforming it into an epic poem about the whole South American continent, its nature, its people and its historical destiny. This work, entitled Canto general, was published in Mexico 1950, and also underground in Chile. It consists of approximately 250 poems brought together into fifteen literary cycles and constitutes the central part of Neruda's production. Shortly after its publication, Canto general was translated into some ten languages. Nearly all these poems were created in a difficult situation, when Neruda was living abroad.

In 1943, Neruda returned to Chile, and in 1945 he was elected senator of the Republic, also joining the Communist Party of Chile. Due to his protests against President González Videla's repressive policy against striking miners in 1947, he had to live underground in his own country for two years until he managed to leave in 1949. After living in different European countries he returned home in 1952. A great deal of what he published during that period bears the stamp of his political activities; one example is Las uvas y el viento (1954), which can be regarded as the diary of Neruda's exile. In Odas elementales (1954-1959) his message is expanded into a more extensive description of the world, where the objects of the hymns -- things, events and relations -- are duly presented in alphabetic form.

Neruda's production is exceptionally extensive. For example, his Obras completas, constantly republished, comprised 459 pages in 1951; in 1962 the number of pages was 1,925, and in 1968 it amounted to 3,237, in two volumes. Among his works of the last few years can be mentioned Cien sonetos de amor (1959), which includes poems dedicated to his wife, Matilde Urrutia, Memorial de Isla Negra, a poetic work of an autobiographic character in five volumes, published on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, Arte de pajáros (1966), La Barcarola (1967), the play Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murieta (1967), Las manos del día (1968), Fin del mundo (1969), Las piedras del cielo (1970), and La espada encendida.

Pablo Neruda died in 1973.

© The Nobel Foundation 1971

Good To Know

Always a political activist, Neruda was an anarchist for a time, but joined the Communist Party of Chile in 1945. He actually ran for president of Chile but eventually left the race to support Salvador Allende.

He had three wives throughout his lifetime: Mar a Antonieta Hagenaar, Delia de Carril, and Matilde Urrutia. He married Mar in 1930, but they divorced in 1936. He lived with Carril from the 1930s until they divorced in 1955 (they married in 1943). In 1966, he married Urrutia.

Neruda owned three homes in Chile that are open today as museums: "La Chascona" in Santiago, "La Sebastiana" in Valpara, and "Casa de Isla Negra" in Isla Negra, where he and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia, are buried.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 12, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Parral, Chile
    1. Date of Death:
      September 23, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Santiago, Chile

Read an Excerpt

Intimacies
Poems of Love

Con ella

Como es duro este tiempo, espérame:
vamos a vivirlo con ganas.
Dame tu pequeña mano:
vamos a subir y sufrir,
vamos a sentir y saltar.

Somos de nuevo la pareja
que vivió en lugares hirsutos,
en nidos ásperos de roca.
Como es largo este tiempo, espérame
con una cesta, con tu pala,
con tus zapatos y tu ropa.

Ahora nos necesitamos
no sólo para los claveles,
no sólo para buscar miel:
necesitamos nuestras manos
para lavar y hacer el fuego,
y que se atreva el tiempo duro
a desafiar el infinito
de cuatro manos y cuatro ojos.

Intimacies
Poems of Love
. Copyright © by Pablo Neruda. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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