Begun in 1939, barely four months after the close of the Spanish Civil War, these poems by the Nobel Laureate poet Vicente Aleixandre were written during a period of hardship and despair. In spite of his surroundings Aleixandre created the splendor of the shadow of a lost paradise that consisted of memory, nostalgia, yearning and illusion. This is the first full English version. The original Spanish text is included.
Shadow of Paradise ( Sombra del Paraiso ) is the first complete bilingual edition of this volume of poems by Nobel Prize-winning Spaniard Aleixandre (1898-1984). First published in 1944, it is an intensely visionary collection in which Aleixandre journeys ``toward a promised world half seen,'' charting the geography of a mystical Eden (based on the city of Malaga) perhaps not so beautifully realized since Coleridge's ``Kubla Khan.'' These imagined Iberian scenes appear ``transformed into light,/ transformed into flame that flashes in the air.'' Written at a time of both personal loss and historical tragedy, this volume effectively blends themes of innocence and sensuality with a longing for transcendence of pain. Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.