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4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  939 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
The iCanto General/i, thought by many of Neruda's most prominent critics to be the poet's masterpiece, is the stunning epic of an entire continent and its people.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Debolsillo (first published 1950)
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Mohamed Awada
Oct 19, 2014 Mohamed Awada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read this book as the many books it actually is, you'll enjoy seeing American history (America as in the continents)and some world history through Neruda's splendid poetry. I can see why Borges made fun of the idea of Canto General in one of his short stories, and had the writer been anyone other than Neruda, Borges's criticism would apply in totality.
I find myself enriched in history after this book, learning about the many chapters of Las Americas that are hidden to most of us.
hayatem
Feb 13, 2016 hayatem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: شعر
يعد النشيد الشامل بين أحد أهم وأعظم الجواهر الشعرية التي كتبت في القرن العشرين. وأكثر أعمال المناضل الثائر الشاعر بابلو نيرودا سحراً وألقاً. وهو أضخم عمل منهجي في تاريخ الشعر الأسباني على الإطلاق.
يتألف من 15 فصلاً و249 نشيداً سطر من خلاله نيرودا ملحمة تاريخية تروي عذابات الإنسان وجروح الأوطان النازحة تحت جحيم السلطة وعفن السياسة والطغاة . عن نار الحياة البائسة التي نسجت من الأوطان جوعاً وضباباً متجدداً. عن "المهيمنات القامعة في هذا الوجود الضاري" . عن الإنسان وتدجينه ك-القطعان المائهة في سلسلة
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María Greene
Dec 27, 2015 María Greene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un texto difícil, hermoso, paciente.

Me tocó enseñarlo para un curso (soy profesora) y, confieso, a primera vista no me había dado cuenta de lo complejo que era. Describe, ambiciosamente, los orígenes del hombre, desde el principio, o lo que él interpreta como el principio. Entre ello, aparece la creación, con sus licencias personales, por supuesto, pero así es como ocurre con la gente (nadie estuvo de espectador en el big bang - si es lo que sucedió - para poder después contarlo), y en especial,
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Calysto du Masque
Regrettably, I cannot read a word of Spanish... and yet still, even reading only translations of varying quality and fidelity, still Pablo Neruda touches my soul.

What more need be said? What more could be said? He was unquestionably the master of his era.

May this miserable Earth, though the eras pass by, never suffer the misfortune of losing Pablo Neruda's words to history.
Nicolas A.
May 14, 2013 Nicolas A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture, poetry
In my mind Pablo Neruda absolutely belongs in the pantheon of some of the greatest poets to ever live and write upon the earth. I have yet to come across a Neruda poem that does not contain at least one line that I didn't instantly vow to memorize. His is the beautiful originality that makes humanity seem so alive and free.

I now vow to finish reading this book because (1) I hope it helps me to understand my Chilean wife a little better, (2) I have a little girl who is half-Chilean, (3) we are le
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Qais
May 22, 2016 Qais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...عندما وصلت النقطة التي انتصف فيها الكتاب، وجدت بأنّي لم ألتقي إلا ثلاثة فصول فقط من الفصول الـ15 التي تحدثت عنها مقدمة صالح علماني للكتاب، كان الأمر غريباً بالنسبة لي، وتسائل، هل يعقل أن الـ190 صفحة القادمة تحمل في طياتها 11 فصلاً ونصف؟ بهذه الطريقة يجب أن تكون الفصول المتبقية قصيرة للغاية.. وأكملت القراءة. الفصل الرابع، والذي كان عنوانه (المحررون)، إنتهى عند الصفحة رقم 263.
نظرياً كان المستحيل أن 100 صفحة ستحوي 11 فصلاً! ولكني أكملت القراءة على أمل أن ثمّة خطأً ما في فهمي للموضوع.. طبعاً الثق
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Isadora
Aug 06, 2016 Isadora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Aunque esté totalmente politizado, sólo le da más fuerza a la visión de Neruda.
Aunque me haya parecido tedioso en ciertos pasajes, no se puede negar lo que de hecho dice y grita, y expresa a toda Sudamérica.
Karlo Mikhail
Jul 01, 2016 Karlo Mikhail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I’m not sure if it is common knowledge among literature and poetry lovers that Pablo Neruda was a communist. And rightly so, Neruda is better known for his love poems — notably from such works as Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, The Captain’s Verses, and One Hundred Love Sonnets, etc. In fact, although I was aware of Neruda’s being a radical, I have not really read many of Neruda’s more militant or outrightly communist verses until I encountered Canto General, a sprawling epic poem about ...more
أسماء القناص
النشيد الشامل من أفخم وأضخم أعمال نيرودا الأدبية.. تم كتابته على امتداد أكثر من عشر سنوات لينتج لنا أكبر الأعمال المنهجية في تاريخ الشعر الناطق بالإسبانية.

حقيقي اسمتعت مع استعارات نيرودا الساحرة والمميزة جداً..
نيرودا شاعر مميز نيرودا شاعر ممتاز نيرودا رائع جداً.
Alan Nunez
Sep 15, 2010 Alan Nunez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The history of a people, of a land, told in verse. Beautiful and aching, this is a master work by a master artist.
Jorge
Oct 13, 2008 Jorge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, un poco hiperventilado, pretencioso, pero igualmente INCREIBLE
مريم ناصر
حدث اني بكيت من جمال الشعر هنا!
Nathalie
Oct 18, 2015 Nathalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pablo Neruda is één van de grootste schrijvers van Latijns-Amerika en één van de grootste dichters van de 20ste eeuw. Zijn Canto General ademt de geschiedenis van zijn geliefde thuisland Chili en is nauw verbonden met zijn eigen leven. Hier is zoveel achtergrond over terug te vinden bij verschillende bronnen, die ik hier niet beter kan verwoorden. De epiloog in de eerste Nederlandse vertaling uit 1984 die ik las (door Mark Braem, Willy Spillebeen en Erik Vonck vertaald, in B. uitgegeven door Mas ...more
Helene Pilibosian
This book of 408 pages is worth reading for its excellent world-class poetry. It is worth studying for the quality of the imagery and the drama of its narratives. However, it is written with a definite slant of South American resentment of not only the Spaniards who took over the countries early on, but also of the American companies that went into their lands and established factories and mines that helped the companies but undermined the people who worked for them. Evidently, there was some vi ...more
Thomas
Oct 31, 2009 Thomas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In mijn lokale bibliotheek vond ik enkel deze versie (zevende zang) dus van Canto general de Chile. Vijftien delen, waarvan dit dus het zevende zal zijn zeker? Enige informatie hieromtrent ontbreekt, en deze kadering van de tektst, de afwezigheid hiervan, vind ik storend. In plaats van de volledige 600 pagina's kunnen we er hier maar een luttele 82 van lezen, die je dan nog eens door hun helft moet delen, want de ene helft is Spaans- en de andere Nederlandstalig. Een goeie 35 gedichten +- dus. O ...more
Brook Miscoski
Aug 03, 2007 Brook Miscoski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: communists
Okay, so maybe not communists, even though Neruda definitely "looked to the left." This poetry collection is a "history" tracing the development of life itself and then up through events in America (ALL of America in many respects) up through Neruda's time.

For example, he eulogizes many pan-American heros, and a section of the work is called "Let the Woodcutter Awaken," which gets really powerful in this section:

Let none of this (referring to conflict and bloodshed) come to pass.
Let the Woodcutt
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Lucía Vijil Saybe
Neruda y su alma completa en Canto General.
"Yo no voy a morirme. Salgo ahora
en este día lleno de volcanes
hacia la multitud, hacia la vida.
Aquí dejo arregladas estas cosas
hoy que los pistoleros se pasean
con la “cultura occidental” en brazos,
con las manos que matan en España
y las horcas que oscilan en Atenas
y la deshonra que gobierna a Chile
y paro de contar.
Aquí me quedo
con palabras y pueblos y caminos
que me esperan de nuevo, y que golpean
con manos consteladas en mi puerta." Voy a vivir (1949)
عبلة جابر
هنا كتب نيرودا تاريخ أمريكا
المجموعة عميقة لكنها مليئة بالتوظيف التاريخي والجغرافي مما يفقد المتعة لاسيما لقارئ عربي تثق له أسماء أماكنهم
لكن مما لاشك فيه ان نيرودا كان مثقلا بوطنه وهمومه
ثلاث قضايا محورية
تدور حولها المجموعة ،
الاحتلال الظلم و التحرير
هكذا يؤرخ نيرودا لآلام شعبه
تقترب المرحلة التي كتب عنها نيرودا من واقعنا في العالم العربي
الترجمة سيئة جدا
Neruda
Oct 19, 2015 Neruda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For any person of Latin descent, there's always pride in the history of their country and the struggle for freedom. No one explains it better and with so much heart as Pablo Neruda.
Tom Wouters
Dec 29, 2014 Tom Wouters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schitterende bundel, net als zijn Ik ben. Communistisch, revolutionair, naturalistisch, maar zingend en krachtig, ooit prachtig op muziek gezet door Mikis Theodorakis. Echte aanrader.
Hugo Filipe
The guy knows how to write, that's clearly not the problem. The problem is that while he tries to be the best of Whitman, he kind of ends up being the worst of Ezra Pound, and half of the time I don't know who the hell are the people he writes about. The other half of the time, Neruda likes like a mother.
Lula Payne
Jan 12, 2016 Lula Payne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es espectacular. Te envuelve en historia y literatura al mismo tiempo y de una manera muy hermosa, te cuenta cosas horribles que pasan en todo el mundo. Muy muy recomendado.
Andre Dumitru
May 27, 2015 Andre Dumitru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como cada obra de Neruda, magnífico
Ruben Fernandez Aceves
El primer libro que compré.
Maru
Jun 29, 2014 Maru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesía
El poema épico de América, su gente y su historia.
Rolland
Aug 24, 2012 Rolland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with how to rate this. It's powerful and passionate, but I tired of the dated political stridency.

Much of Canto General is achingly beautiful. I read some of it years ago while working and traveling in Chile, and I found myself nostalgically remembering the land and people I met during those special months of my life.
ماهر Battuti
I am lucky that I have the memorial edition of the year 1950, the giant book with 2 paintings of Rivera and Siquieros, and signed by the three.
The book is a monumental poetical epic that relates the roots of South America's history and people, in the genuine vision and beautiful poetry of the great Pablo Neruda.
Roberta
Sep 11, 2012 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neruda's hymn to Latin America, voluptuos, rich, fertile,full of history and deeply moving. An epic meant to be shared with an audience, not an intimate poem to muse upon. Read it aloud, preferably in Spanish, and you will feel all of it. "I am very large, I contain multitudes", Walt Whitman would say.
John Lovrich
Dec 11, 2007 John Lovrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Thought Leaves of Grass was good? Canto is the most visionary work of art, of any medium, that I have ever had the pleasure of encountering.

A lesson in history, geology, soul...

There are three periods in a poet's life: before canto, during canto, & after canto.

I liked during best.
Sarah
Dec 05, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a decent translation. More to the actual literal spirit of the poetry, I think. Other translations by other poets tend to change the imagery too much, in a way that often tampers with the poetry's political intents.
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Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a "practical" occupation. Neruda's pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda; Pablo is thought to be fro ...more
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