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By Pablo Neruda, Ilan Stavans

The such a lot accomplished English-language selection of paintings ever by means of "the maximum poet of the 20 th century--in any language" (Gabriel García Márque)

"In his paintings a continent awakens to consciousness." So wrote the Swedish Academy in awarding the Nobel Prize to Pablo Neruda, the writer of greater than thirty-five books of poetry and one in every of Latin America's so much respected writers, lionized in the course of his lifetime as "the people's poet."

This collection of Neruda's poetry, the main entire unmarried quantity on hand in English, offers approximately 600 poems, ratings of them in new and occasionally a number of translations, and plenty of followed via the Spanish unique. In his creation, Ilan Stavans situates Neruda in his local milieu in addition to in a latest English-language one, and a bunch of latest translations by means of major poets testifies to Neruda's enduring, shiny legacy between English-speaking writers and readers today.

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