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By Jaime Saenz

The Night

A Poem by Jaime Saenz

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Translated by Forrest Gander See other recent books by Forrest Gander See other recent books by Kent Johnson
Format: Hardback

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Night by Jaime Saenz

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Jaime Saenz is arguably the greatest Bolivian writer of the twentieth century. His poetry is apocalyptic, transcendent, hallucinatory, brilliant--and, until recently, available only in Spanish. Forrest Gander and Kent Johnson's translations of Saenz's work have garnered much-deserved attention and acclaim. Here for the first time in English they give us his masterpiece, The Night, Saenz's most famous poem and the last he wrote before his death in 1986. An unusual man, Saenz lived his whole life in La Paz, Bolivia, seldom venturing far from the city and its indigenous culture that feature so prominently in his writings. He sought God in unlikely places: slum taverns, alcoholic excess, the street. Saenz was nocturnal. He once stole a leg from a cadaver and hid it under his bed. On his wedding night he brought home a panther. In this epic poem, Saenz explores the singular themes that possessed him: alcoholism, death, nightmares, identity, otherness, and his love for La Paz. The poem's four movements culminate in some of the most profoundly mystical, beautiful, and disturbing passages of modern Latin American poetry. They are presented here in this faithful and inspired English translation of the Spanish original. Complete with an introduction by the translators that paints a vivid picture of the poet's life, and an afterword by Luis H. Antezana, a notable Bolivian literary critic and close friend of Saenz, this bilingual edition is the essential introduction to one of the most visionary and enigmatic poets of the Hispanic world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691124834
ISBN-10: 0691124833
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jaime Saenz

Forrest Gander is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Eye Against Eye". Kent Johnson is Instructor of English and Spanish at Highland Community College. His books include "Lyric Poetry After Auschwitz: Eleven Submissions to the War".

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