Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu

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What goes into the translating of a poem? Usually that process gets

forgotten once the new poem stands intact in translation. Yet a verse

translation derives from historical, biographical, and philosophical

research, interpretive analysis of the original poem, and continuous

linguistic and prosodic choices that parallel those the poet made. Taking as a text Pablo Neruda's brilliant prophetic sequence Alturas de

Macchu Picchu (1945), the author here re-creates the entire process of

translation, from his first encounter with the poem to the last shaping of

a phrase that may never come right in English. This many-faceted book

forms an essay on the theory and practice of literary translation, a study

of Neruda's career through 1945, and an interpretation of his major poem, all of which lead to a striking new poem in English, Heights of Macchu Picchu, printed along with the original Spanish. This genesis of a verse translation also includes little-known biographical data, hitherto untranslated poems and prose from the years 1920 to 1945, and new translations of key poems from Neruda's Residence on Earth and Spain in My Heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804713276
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1980
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,163,677
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Felstiner is Professor of English at Stanford University

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