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The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry: An Anthology

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A major bilingual anthology of twentieth-century Latin American poetry

During a century of extraordinary change, poets became the chroniclers of deep polarizations. From Rubén Darío's quest to renew the Spanish language to César Vallejo's linking of religion and politics, from Jorge Luis Borges's cosmopolitanism to Pablo Neruda's placement of poetry as uncompromising speake
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Hardcover, 768 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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s.penkevich
Mar 21, 2016 s.penkevich rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
In honour of World Poetry Day (March 21st)

There is something eminently satisfying about holding a tome of a text in your hands. You know, the big brick of a book that makes you feel like Atlas carrying the weight of literature, the kind that leaves bruises on your chest when you read in bed. The best are those beast whose physical weight seems necessary to further emphasize the literary weight within (think Ulysses, think Gravity's Rainbow, definitely think Women and Men); the sort that smacks y
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Dan Shurley
As with most poetry collections, it's like getting Al Bundy drunk off of Manischewitz, when what you really need is a little dip here and there of stronger stuff. Some of these poems, if you happen to open up to the right ones, will remind you of your first case of vertigo, and the limitless possibilities of the dreaming world that you leave at home in a locked drawer as you go about your daily language functions.

If only the rest of these selections were as aptly and funnily translated as Ginsbe
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Kenyatta Garcia
Nov 16, 2014 Kenyatta Garcia rated it liked it
This is a decent introduction to Latin American poetry. A few authors were left out and a few authors were given way too many pages but there are some real gems in this collection. And, it ends really strong. But, if you can read Spanish, you should read the originals as some of the translations aren't very faithful and/or the rhythm is lost and the poem is the weakened.
Rob
Feb 16, 2013 Rob rated it it was amazing
i can't stop reading this!
Nick
Apr 08, 2012 Nick rated it liked it
protip: if you're making a bilingual anthology, don't somehow leave out the translation for one of the poems.
Ashley
I'm generally not a fan of poetry collections. But this one was pretty awesome. Also, it gave me an excuse to brush up on my Spanish.
Victoria
Feb 18, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and even found some great new favorite poets!
emm
Mar 22, 2011 emm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, poetry
I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. A great collection of Latin American poetry and I also enjoyed the fact that it was a bilingual edition (a great way to brush up on my Spanish).
Karlo Mikhail
Apr 11, 2014 Karlo Mikhail rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Great compilation of Latin American poetry. A wide-ranging selection by poets I've been meaning to read more from and poets I just encountered in this book.
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Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. An award-winning writer and public television host, his books include Growing Up Latino and Spanglish. A native of Mexico City, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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