State of Exile


A tender, moving, and multi-layered portrait of the pain, loneliness, and permanent nostalgia of exile.

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A tender, moving, and multi-layered portrait of the pain, loneliness, and permanent nostalgia of exile.

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What People Are Saying

Ariel Dorfman
"These poems . . . [are] what we need in these times of dislocation and loss."--(Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden)
Mumia Abu-Jamal
"State of Exile is a haunting work that sat for decades, awaiting, like cicadas, its proper season."
Bernardine Dohrn
"[A] heartbreakingly contemporary narrative of all refugees, building anew, grafting fresh languages . . . learning again to love."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872864634
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: City Lights Pocket Poets Series , #58
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Considered a leading light of the post-1960s period of prominence of the Latin-American novel, Peri Rossi is the author of Ship of Fools, and 36 other works. She was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and left the country in 1972, moving to Spain, where she became a citizen in 1975. Marilyn Buck is a writer, translator and political activist, currently serving an 80-year jail sentence for her political activities in the U.S. She continues her activism and writing from her prison cell, where she edited Wild Poppies, an anthology of prison poetry, and published Rescue the Word, a collection of her own poems.

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