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A seminal work in Latin America’s modernismo movement, this first anthology of verse by José Martí is available in a complete English translation for the first time. This accessible, annotated edition includes a critical introduction, presented in both English and Spanish, which explores the volume’s historical and literary contexts and addresses issues of the translation. Composed after domestic separation from his wife and infant son, and after his second exile from Cuba due to his involvement in the Guerra ...

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Overview

A seminal work in Latin America’s modernismo movement, this first anthology of verse by José Martí is available in a complete English translation for the first time. This accessible, annotated edition includes a critical introduction, presented in both English and Spanish, which explores the volume’s historical and literary contexts and addresses issues of the translation. Composed after domestic separation from his wife and infant son, and after his second exile from Cuba due to his involvement in the Guerra Chiquita, the 15 poems that comprise the collection demonstrate a poet-hero whose revolutionary spirit would ultimately lead to his participation—and subsequent death—in the conflict that freed Cuba from the Spanish yoke.

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"Thoughtful translations that maintain Martí's voice and vigor, rhythm and exultant verses. Highly recommended for all libraries and bookstores, especially those serving Cuban populations."  —Críticas, starred review

"Never before have readers had access to examples of Martí's lyricism so aptly suited to the English ear."  —Kathleen Mountjoy, translation consultant, Royal Shakespeare Company

"A first-rate contribution to literary translation, comparative literature, and the emerging field of Transamerican Cultural Studies."  —Dr. Kevin Meehan, Caribbean Literature and Culture, University of Central Florida

"[Fisher] achieves the ultimate desideratum of translation: versions in English from which all traces of the translator's labor have been effaced."  —Dr. Robin Fiddian, professor of Spanish, Wadham College, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916727420
  • Publisher: Wings Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

José Martí was a Cuban patriot, statesman, professor, and poet who dedicated his life to the cause of Cuba's independence from Spain. He is the author of the collections Versos Libres and Versos Sencillos. Tyler Fisher is a lecturer in Spanish at Oxford’s Exeter College, and his original poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Formalist, The Lyric, and The Pestle.

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