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Description - Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

The title of this book is Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair and is written by author Pablo Neruda. The book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is published by Penguin Putnam Inc. The ISBN of this book is 9780143039969 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780143039969
ISBN-10: 0143039962
Format: Paperback
(182mm x 142mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Pablo Neruda

Neftali Ricardo Reyes, whose pseudonym was to be Pablo Neruda, was born in Parral, Chile, in 1904. He grew up in the pioneer town of Temuco, briefly encountering Gabriela Mistral, who taught there for a time. In 1920 he went to Santiago to study, and the following year published his first collection of poetry, La Cancion de la Fiesta. A second collection, Crepusculario, brought him critical recognition; and in 1924 the hugely successful Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Cancion Desesperada appeared. From 1927 to 1943, Neruda lived abroad, serving as a diplomat in Rangoon, Colombo, Batavia, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Mexico City. This is the period that saw the publication of the first two volumes of his celebrated Residencia en la Tierra. He joined the Communist Party of Chile after World War II, was prosecuted as a subversive, and began an exile that took him to Russia, Eastern Europe, and China. Already the most renowned Latin American poet of his time, he returned to Chile in 1952. He died there in 1973, having just seen the fourth edition of his Obras Completas through the press. In receiving the Nobel Prize in 1971, he had said that the poet must achieve a balance "between solitude and solidarity, between feeling and action, between the intimacy of one's self, the intimacy of mankind, and the relevation of nature."W.S. Merwin has published many highly regarded books of poems, for which he has received a number of distinguished awards--the Pulitzer Prize, Bollingen Award, Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets and the Governor's Award for Literature of the state of Hawaii among them. He has translated widely from many languages, and his versions of classics such as The Poem of the Cid and The Song of Roland are standards. Cristina Garcia is the author of Dreaming in Cuban, which was nominated for a National Book Award.

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