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Little Stones at My Window
     

Little Stones at My Window

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by Mario Benedetti, Charles Dean Hatfield (Translator)
 

 

These poems range in theme from pain of exile to joys of love to the horrors of political repression. Benedetti also frequently conveys with Kafkaesque irony the impact of bureaucracy on the lives of ordinary citizens. His latest poems in this collection focus on the personal and collective problems of reintegration into a wounded and changed society and

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These poems range in theme from pain of exile to joys of love to the horrors of political repression. Benedetti also frequently conveys with Kafkaesque irony the impact of bureaucracy on the lives of ordinary citizens. His latest poems in this collection focus on the personal and collective problems of reintegration into a wounded and changed society and the desire for universal brotherhood.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Benedetti's lyricism and political message combine in a collection of poetry whose time has certainly come." — Harvard Book Review

"A miraculous collection that explores with fierce tenderness the everyday hope we need to survive." — Ariel Dorfman

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Uruguay's best-known poet, Benedetti is also famous for his short stories, political essays, and novels, as well as his frequent contributions to the Uruguayan journal Marcha and Spain's El Pais. The novels La tregua (Truce, Alfa, 1960) and Gracias por el fuego (Thanks for the Fire, Alfa, 1965) stand out among his work. This bilingual collection of poems, which spans almost 50 years of Benedetti's writing, provides a clear picture of his development as a poet, showing the range of his poetic voice. An extensive introduction by translator Hatfield features biographical material and historical background for the period in which Benedetti wrote (1945-2003), all invaluable for understanding his work. Recurrent themes in the selected poems include love, the nostalgia of exile (Benedetti lived in exile for several years and saw his writing banned from his country), the paradoxical and enigmatic nature of existence, and the need to give a voice to the oppressed. Overall, his writing is colloquial and accessible and, with few exceptions, lacks the hermetism of most contemporary Spanish-language poetry. This is the first bilingual anthology of Benedetti's poetry published in the United States, and it gives readers a clear idea of his social concerns and literary strengths. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Gianna M. Martella, Western Oregon Univ., Monmouth Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880684900
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Mario Benedetti was born in 1920 in Uruguay. He lived much of his life in political exile. Writing from exile, he was able to inform the world about the tragic events in his own country and to gain international recognition.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow people u are missing a masterpiece of the 21st century. This book is so passiontlly written and Charles Hatfield did an outstanding job!!!!! He was a great translater and it makes the book so easy to read because its not written in latin. If u don't like poetry this book will make u want to read it. Also the translater has some other books that are great!! U should really check out some other books translated by Charles Hatfield!!