Landscape with Yellow Birds

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"The best Spanish poet of the second half of the twentieth century."—Juan Goytisolo

"One of the most important poets of postwar literature."—El País

"Valente exemplified poetic integrity, pushing poetry into terrains that compete with religious, mystical and Heideggerian notions of inner being."—The Guardian

The summit of song The nightingale and you are finally the same.

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Overview

"The best Spanish poet of the second half of the twentieth century."—Juan Goytisolo

"One of the most important poets of postwar literature."—El País

"Valente exemplified poetic integrity, pushing poetry into terrains that compete with religious, mystical and Heideggerian notions of inner being."—The Guardian

The summit of song The nightingale and you are finally the same.

In the mirror your image has faded. I could no longer see you when I looked at myself.

For the first time in English: a bilingual, comprehensive selection of poems from each of hthe published books by Spain's most important postwar poet, winner of the Premio Nacional de Literature. A "mystic poet in a modern mode," José Ángel Valente is renowned as a platonist of the word who strips language bare. Among a variety of forms, from experimental to prose, his poems conjure stunning, vibrant lyrics of absolute immediacy.

José Ángel Valente (1929–2000) was a poet, essayist, and translator. He was the recipient of many literary awards, including the Premio Adonáis for poetry, the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, and the Premio Nacional de Literatura, awarded posthumously for his body of work in 2000.

Tom Christensen has translated the works of Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, and Julio Cortázar, among others. His translation of Ballets Without Music, Without Dancers, Without Anything by Louis-Ferdinand Céline was a finalist for the PEN America West Translation Award.

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Winner of Spain’s Premio Nacional de Literatura

Considered by many to be the major poet of postwar Spain—the primary heir of Machado, Jiménez, García Lorca, and Cernuda—José Ángel Valente has taken a long time to reach English, but Thomas Christensen’s crystalline translation has made it worth the wait. —Eliot Weinberger

One of the most important poets of postwar literature. Valente’s work . . . answers to a single commitment: with the word. —El País

Valente exemplified poetic integrity, pushing poetry into terrains that compete with religious, mystical, and Heideggerian notions of inner being. —The Guardian

The best Spanish poet of the second half of the twentieth century. Valente never put himself in the service of any party or government. —Juan Goytisolo

Valente’s work is the radical adventure of solitude. Within these words an entire life passes, an adventure decisively impassioned by creation and solitary investigation. —ABC (Spain)

"[Valente's] is a furtive poetry, struggling to exist in the interstices between the restrictions of a totalitarian regime and the urge to speak, to bear witness, no matter how obliquely.... It is to the translator’s credit that he has been able to render Valente’s work faithfully without losing its resonance across language and culture." — Pablo Medina, The Brooklyn Rail 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935744801
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,394,753
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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José Angel Valente: José Angel Valente (1929-2000) was a poet, essayist, and translator. He was the recipient of many literary awards, including the Premio Adonáis for poetry, the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras, and the Premio Nacional de Literatura, awarded posthumously for his body of work in 2000.

Tom Christensen: Tom Christensen has translated the works of Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, and Julio Cortázar, among others. His translation of Ballets Without Music, Without Dancers, Without Anything by Céline was a finalist for the PEN America West Translation Award.

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