Neruda at Isla Negra

Neruda at Isla Negra

by Pablo Neruda
     
 

"We were accustomed to seeing him in the morning, contemplating the Pacific Ocean . . . filling enormous notebooks with green ink. His poetry took root here, returning to the continual rebirth of the sea."-Marjorie Agosín

Few writers are as bound to place as Pablo Neruda was to the landscape and people of Isla Negra, his home from the late thirties

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"We were accustomed to seeing him in the morning, contemplating the Pacific Ocean . . . filling enormous notebooks with green ink. His poetry took root here, returning to the continual rebirth of the sea."-Marjorie Agosín

Few writers are as bound to place as Pablo Neruda was to the landscape and people of Isla Negra, his home from the late thirties until his death in 1973. These poems, gathered from a trilogy of books, celebrate Neruda's house, the people, the coastline, the sea and its creatures in images that are fundamental to an understanding of his mature work.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
This collection combines three short works--House in the Sand, The Stones of Chile, and Seaquake--translated in 1986, 1990, and 1993, respectively. All three were inspired by the desolate Chilean coastline, whose marine cries and primal warnings spoke to Nobel laureate Neruda in a "hoarse and drenching language." The first part centers on the sea, which can dissolve a man like a bar of salt, and on the poet's seaside home, where he lived from 1939. On the high beams of the roof the poet carved the cherished names of dead friends, including Federico Garcia Lorca, because "their names will not slip down." The second part is reflective, inviting readers to discover for themselves the "secret of stone and of life." The poet even suggests that the comfortable silence of his stark retreat has kept him from doing more for the Communist movement. The final section is succinctly descriptive of life forms disturbed by the raging tide (seals, crabs, seaweed, starfish, and sea urchin), which, like love, is "wet, secret and hostile." Recommended wherever Neruda is popular.--Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877727832
Publisher:
White Pine Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) is regarded by many as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Born in rural Chile he moved to the capital, Santiago, and published his first book in 1923. During the 20s and 30s he served as a diplomat and was ambassador to Spain at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. This event profoundly changed his writing style to one of addressing social and political concerns. He returned to Chile in 1938 but spent many years in exile due to political conditions. Neruda won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1971.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 12, 1904
Date of Death:
September 23, 1973
Place of Birth:
Parral, Chile
Place of Death:
Santiago, Chile
Education:
University of Chile, Santiago

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