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Witness: The Selected Poems of Mario Benedetti

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"It gives me great pleasure to see the work of Benedetti, one of the great poets of our language, made available to US readers in Popkin's wonderful translations. Her carefully crafted adaptations of Mario's poems convey all the wisdom, nostalgia, and irony that inform his verses in language that retains their musicality. Anyone who has translated poetry will appreciate wh ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by White Pine Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dolors
Feb 09, 2015 Dolors rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amantes de la vida en permanente exilio
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2015
Las palabras no son mundo hasta que no calan nuestros huesos, hasta que no rompen la barrera del lenguaje y se convierten en invocación de vidas ya gastadas pero nunca perdidas en el olvido. Leer a Benedetti me ha permitido entender el verdadero significado de la palabra “exilio”. Uno nace poeta y Benedetti hizo de la poesía una forma natural de expresión. Sin buscar opacidad y apostando por frases cortas, directas y abusando de conjunciones y repeticiones como si de canciones de cuna se tratara ...more
Cheryl
Jul 15, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cheryl by: Dolors
When a desensitized world renders me speechless, he gives me words...
jeremy
Apr 04, 2012 jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, translation
with some eighty books to his name, it is rather regrettable that so little of mario benedetti's work is available in english translation (there are seven books at last count, at least one of which is long out of print). the late uruguayan author composed short stories, novels, poems, plays, and essays, and was widely celebrated throughout latin america as one of their most important writers. following the 1973 coup, benedetti fled uruguay and lived in exile for over a decade, an experience whic ...more
Cristina
May 17, 2015 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Un fin de semana fantástico con Benedetti.

Mi amiga Dolors, anglófila donde las haya, me presta el libro “Witness. The selected poems of Mario Benedetti.”, una edición bilingüe de White Pine Press, Buffalo, Nueva York, 2012.

Los poemas de Benedetti son hermosos. Lo son por su sencillez y porque van directos al corazón del lector, sin pasar por el cerebro, como me gusta decirlo a mí. Conmueven, emocionan.

Una selección personal:

-de temática amorosa:

- Asunción de ti. Poema dedicado a su esposa Luz.
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Mario Svirsky
Apr 18, 2012 Mario Svirsky rated it it was amazing
Jeremy's review was dead on, and I agree with practically everything he said. This is a terrific translation of Benedetti's poems, one that shows the translator's knowledge of not just the Spanish language, but the local Uruguayan dialect, and her intimate knowledge of the political context and local culture. I was born and raised in Montevideo, Benedetti's home town, and it's a pleasure to see his work so carefully handled.

Some of the interesting intepretational choices you observed in Hatfield
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James
Feb 17, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
A former colleague from Mexico introduced me to Mario Benedetti during a literary chat while working together. She spoke of him with highest praise and respect stating that her favorite poem from his collection is "A la Izquierda del roble ~ To the left of the oak tree" and that I must read this poem along with his other works. She followed up the day after by presenting me a CD of audio recordings from Benedetti which I listened and did my best to comprehend since English is my primary language ...more
Roy
Jul 13, 2012 Roy rated it it was amazing
I think his poems are great ... even in translation. This is a very nice compilation, arranged chronologically with an Introduction and Notes that let the poems speak for themselves. Previously, I posted "Wake Up Love (Despabilate amor)" on FB because it is my favorite. "Vitae" is my second choice, but I don't feel that existential dread mood right now (tonight). His political poems are moving and to the point, especially: "Che" and "Money-changers (Mercaderes)".
Here is "Rifts (Grietas)":

The f
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Mario Benedetti (in full: Mario Orlando Hamlet Hardy Brenno Benedetti Farugia) was a Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet. He is considered one of Latin America's most important 20th-century writers.
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