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ISBN-10: 0374512388
ISBN-13: 9780374512385
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 01/15/2001
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 0.90" H

Extravagaria: A Bilingual Edition

Translator: Alastair Reid

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Price: $20.00

Overview

Reflective later poems of the fiery, Nobel-Prize winning Chilean poet, with English translations and the original Spanish side-by-side on facing pages.

While things are settling down,
here I’ve left my testament,
my shifting extravagaria,
so whoever goes on reading it
will never take in anything
except the constant moving
of a clear and bewildered man,
a man rainy and happy,
lively and autumn-minded.

–from Autumn testament

Extravagaria marks an important stage in Neruda’s progress as a poet. The book was written just after he had returned to Chile after many wanderings and moved to his beloved Isla Negra on the Pacific coast. The collection celebrates this coming to rest, this rediscovery of the sea and the land, and the evolution of a a lyric poetry that is decidedly more personal than Neruda’s earlier work. Written in what he called his autumnal period, the sixty-eight poems range from the wistful to the exultant, combining psalm and speculation, meditation and humorous aside.

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"A smart little book that one can happily welcome into the family and allow to start growing old." –Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
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Details

ISBN-10: 0374512388
ISBN-13: 9780374512385
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 01/15/2001
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.50" W, 0.90" H
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