Platero and I

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In this translated Spanish classic, Juan Ramón Jiménez tells his burro Platero about their native Andalusian village of Moguer. Their dialogue creates an evanescent portrait of provincial Spain—its streets, homes, animals, children, and eccentrics. With the pure-hearted, silent burro sometimes a witness, sometimes a participant, the routines of daily life take on a certain poignancy. Jiménez anxiously searches for and removes the long green thorn from Platero's hoof, and the donkey tenderly nuzzles him. On their ...
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Overview

In this translated Spanish classic, Juan Ramón Jiménez tells his burro Platero about their native Andalusian village of Moguer. Their dialogue creates an evanescent portrait of provincial Spain—its streets, homes, animals, children, and eccentrics. With the pure-hearted, silent burro sometimes a witness, sometimes a participant, the routines of daily life take on a certain poignancy. Jiménez anxiously searches for and removes the long green thorn from Platero's hoof, and the donkey tenderly nuzzles him. On their way home one evening, Platero brays to his girlfriend burro in a field and trots hesitatingly, unwillingly past. Together Platero and his master make friends with the parrot, belonging to a local French doctor, whose sole and frequent pronouncement is "Ce n'est rien."

"One of the great classics of modern Spanish literature. Sheer descriptive magic." (Time)

Jimenez classic tale of his travels across the Andalusian countryside with his beloved burro, Platero.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595003457
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 334,033
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Acknowledgments
Platero and I
List of Chapters

I Platero
II White Butterflies
III Twilight Games
IV Eclipse
V Fear
VI Kindergarten
VII The Crazy-Man
VIII Judas
IX Early Figs
X Angelus
XI The Pit
XII The Thorn
XIII The Swallows
XIV The Stable
XV The Castrated Colt
XVI The House across the Street
XVII The Little Idiot
XVIII The Ghost
XIX Landscape in Scarlet
XX The Parrot
XXI The Roof
XXII Return
XVIII The Locked Gate
XXIV Don José, the Curate
XXV Spring
XXVI The Cistern
XXVII The Mangy Dog
XXVIII The Pool
XXIX April Idyl
XXX The Canary's Flight
XXXI The Devil
XXXLL Liberty
XXXIII The Romanies
XXXIV The Sweetheart
XXXV The Leech
XXXVI The Three Old Women
XXXVII The Cart
XXXVIII Bread
XXXIX Aglaia
XL The Corona Pine
XLI Darbón
XLII The Child and the Water
XLIII Friendship
XLIV Lullaby
XLV The Tree in the Yard
XLVI The Consumptive Girl
XLVII Benediction
XLVIII Ronsard
XLIX Peep Show
L Wayside Flower
LI Lord
LII The Well
LIII Peaches
LIV The Kick
LV Assography
LVI Corpus Christi
LVII Promenade
LVIII The Cockfight
LIX Nightfall
LX The Stamp
LXI The Mother Dog
LXII She and We
LXIII Sparrows
LXIV Frasco Vélez
LXV Summer
LXVI Forest Fire
LXVII The Brook
LXVIII Sunday
LXIX The Cricket's Song
LXX Bullfight
LXXI Storm
LXXII Wine Harvest
LXXIII Nocturne
LXXIV Sarito
LXXV Last Siesta
LXXVI Fireworks
LXXVII The Orchard
LXXVIII The Moon
LXXIX Play
LXXX Wild Geese
LXXXI The Little Girl
LXXXII The Shepherd
LXXXIII The Canary Dies
LXXXIV The Hill
LXXXV Autumn
LXXXVI The Captive Dog
LXXXVII The Greek Turtle
LXXXVIII October Afternoon
LXXXIX Antonia
XC The Forgotten Grape Cluster
XCI Admiral
XCII Vignette
XLIII Fish Scale
XCIV Pinito
XCV The River
XCVI The Pomegranate
XCVii The Old Cemetery
XLVIII Lipiani
XCIX The Castle
C The Old Bull Ring
CI Echo
CII Fright
CIII The Old Fountain
CIV The Road
CV Pine Nuts
CVI The Runaway Bull
CVII November Idyl
CVIII The White Mare
CIX Charivari cx The Gypsies
CXI The Flame
CXII Convalescence
CXIII The Old Donkey
CXIV Dawn
CXV Small Flowers
CXVI Christmas
CXVII Ribera Street
CXVIII Rainy Season
CXIX She-Ass's Milk
CXX Clear Night
CXXI The Wreath of Parsley
CXXII The Wise Men
CXXIII Mons-Urium
CXXIV Wine
CXXV The Fable
CXXVI Carnival
CXXVII León
CXXVIII The Windmill
CXXIX The Tower
CXXX The Sand-Dealer's Donkeys
CXXXI Madrigal
CXXXII Death
CXXXIII Nostalgia
CXXXIV The Sawhorse
CXXXV Melancholy
CXXXVI To Platero in the Heaven of Moguer
CXXXVII Cardboard Platero
CXXXVIII To Platero, en su Tierra

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    On the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize

    Juan Ramon Jimenez: Spanish mystic poet, Nobel laureate sky (Colorado) Qualifications: literate survivor ------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------- Platero and I by Juan Ramon Jimenez $12.95 His prose masterpiece. Available in many translations, but this series of five Jimenez titles translated by de Nicolas is far and away the best -- superb! Invisible Reality (1917-1920, 1924) by Juan Ramon Jimenez $18.95 This work in particular was cited by Harold Bloom in 'The Western Canon.' It is ecstatic, mystical poetry in the tradition of St. John of the Cross and even Walt Whitman. God Desired and Desiring by Jimenez Juan Ramn This volume has a preface by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louis Simpson. Why this 5-title series is not better known is beyond me! Time and Space: A Poetic Autobiography by Juan Ramon Jimenez These translations by de Nicolas are near-miraculous in their precision and vitality -- all are worth acquiring! Stories of Life and Death by Juan Ramon Jimenez The de Nicolas translations are reiussed by iUniverse and are handsomely printed on acid-free paper, like many university press titles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Sheer descriptive magic

    'One of the great Classics of Modern Spanish literature' TIME 'An exquisite book... truly incomparable.' The New Yorker.

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