The Black Heralds (Los Heraldos Negros)

The Black Heralds (Los Heraldos Negros)

by Cesar Vallejo

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It is surprising that Los Heraldos Negros has not been translated into English before. Together with Rilke and Lorca, Vallejo may be among the most important poets of the 20th century. Few poets have ever expressed the human condition as Vallejo did; compared with Neruda's sometimes glib, easy lyricism, Vallejo's verse is a convoluted thorn bush of passion and suffering. This, his first book of poetry, already reveals the complex intellectual, emotional, and spiritual qualities that characterize his later work (e.g, Poemas Humanos ). From the very first line (``There are blows in life, so hard . . . I just don't know!''), the discerning reader is convinced that what follows will be a profound literary experience, a life per ceived from a harrowingly surrealistic perspective: ``To go along dying and singing. And to baptize the shadows/ with Babylonian blood.'' Essential for anyone seriously interested in modern poetry.-- Ivan Arguelles, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley

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Latin American Literary Review Press
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Discoveries Series
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New Edition
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5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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