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4.47  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
One of South America's most celebrated contemporary poets takes us on a fantastic voyage to mysterious lands and seas, into the psyche, and to the heart of the poem itself. Night Journey is the English-language debut of the work that won Maria Negroni an Argentine National Book Award. It is a book of dreams--dreams she renders with surreal beauty that recalls the work of h ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 17th 2002 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jul 15, 2012 Lura rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, authors-women

This is a great book. Unfortunately I do not understand that much of Spanish (this is a bilingual edition) but I felt that if I did, the poems would have had a different emotional impact...
With that said, it is a gorgeous book, and has many blissful moments.

Here's a taste;

Autumn Skies

“You have changed, but you bear the sign.”
“The sign. What sign?”
“We used to call it the mark of Cain.”

Who would have expected Maggie to arrive like this,
in the midst of this solitary rain, with silence
Nov 17, 2015 secondwomn rated it really liked it
stars reflect the spanish.

it took a little while for me to get into the rhythm of this collection of dream poems, but once i got into the flow of it, it was a delight. this is something i would be interested in buying to reread and reference. the translation is serviceable but doesn't convey the music and disjunct of the original as much as i would like. this might be the first book of spanish poetry which i've read mostly in spanish, using the english mainly as a check on my mental translation,
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May 05, 2016 Pamela Rahn rated it really liked it
Maria dice cosas como esta, "Objetos que tal vez puedas amar hasta volverlos, también, invisibles", "Los niños y yo, apoyados contra el balcón, miramos todo muertos de tristeza", y tambien a veces decrera lineas como esta "Escribir es un riesgo" y es que en todos los poemas, no hace mas sino contarnos ese riesgo de vivir, que no es mas que escribir para alguien que lo ve todo con ojos de poema y de alumbramiento y sobre todo de sombra. La historia como poema, y el no poema como historia, eso ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Rauan rated it liked it
Some beautiful moments. Magical images. Occasionally

But, throughout, this book is tough going.

My Spanish is quite rudimentary but I'm guessing that some of this is due to problems in the original itself.

That being said, (and, again, I am no authority) this seems to me to be a very "weak" translation,....
Sep 25, 2013 Esthër rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013, poetry
Este libro es un trasiego por ciudades, ausencias, reversos de la noche y espejos realmente desgarrador e inspirador. El imaginario de María Negroni no tiene nada que envidiarle al de Pizarnik, de hecho la precisión, belleza y dolor de ambas son tan semejantes como únicas. Uno de mis descubrimientos de este 2013. Ay.
Apr 14, 2014 Merinde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I wasn't convinced by every poem but the ones that worked for me were so so good. I love this book a lot. I printed one of these to hide in my wallet so I can reread it when I need it.
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consider ourselves lucky that we have it in English? Yes! Could the translation be better? Always.
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María Negroni is an Argentine poet, essayist, novelist and translator. As a poet she has published De tanto desolar (1985), La jaula bajo el trapo (1991), El viaje de la noche (1994), Diario Extranjero (2001), La ineptitud (2002) and Islandia (1994; PEN American Center Prize for the Best Poetry Book of the Year in translation, 2001). She has also published the book of essays Ciudad gótica (1994) t ...more
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you will take the notebook that has awaited you
forever and begin to construct your walls of song
and then, leap over them.”
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