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More than a hundred years after his birth, Pablo Neruda’s poetry is as vital and beloved as ever.
This collection presents fifty of the most essential poems by one of history’s greatest poets in dynamic new translations, the result of an unprecedented collaboration among a team of poets, translators, and the world’s leading Neruda scholars.
A definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth of Neruda’s various styles, themes, and periods, The Essential Neruda breathes new life and understanding into the world of one of Latin America’s—and the world’s—treasures.
“What better way to celebrate the hundred years of Neruda’s glorious residence on our earth than this selection of crucial works—in both languages!—by one of the greatest poets of all time. A splendid way to begin a love affair with our Pablo or, having already succumbed to his infinite charms, revisit him passionately again and again and yet again.”
Ariel Dorfman, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“This book is a must-have for any reader interested in a definitive sampling of the most essential poems by one whom many consider one of the best poets of the twentieth century.”
“The Essential Neruda will prove to be, for most readers, the best introduction to Neruda available in English. In fact, I can think of few other books that have given me so much delight so easily. At only 234 pages, it somehow manages to convey the fullness of Neruda’s poetic arc: reading it is like reading the autobiography of a poetic sensibility.”