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The Book of Questions

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In The Book of Questions, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poignant, Neruda's questions lead the reader beyond reason into realms of intuition and pure imagination. Completed only months before his death in 1973, The Book of Questions is the seventh and concluding volume in the Copper Canyon Press Neruda series. Bilingual edition.

Review:

"Dazzling." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The English versions of the poems are excellent and can easily be compared to the Spanish original." Choice

Review:

"Cryptic and intriguing, these brief answerless riddles...ask the sophisticated question of the innocent child — 'Is the sun the same as yesterday's / or is the fire different than that fire?' — and probe what it means to be human." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A new bilingual Spanish-English edition of Neruda's famous Book of Questions, a Copper Canyon bestseller.

Synopsis:

A best-selling volume of Pablo Neruda's poetry in an English-Spanish edition.

Pablo Neruda is one of the world's most popular poets, and in The Book of Questions, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poignant, Neruda's questions lead the reader beyond reason into realms of intuition and pure imagination.

This complete translation of Pablo Neruda's El libro de las preguntas (The Book of Questions) features Neruda's original Spanish-language poems alongside William O'Daly's English translations. In his introduction O'Daly, who has translated eight volumes of Pablo Neruda's poetry, writes, "These poems, more so than any of Neruda's other work, remind us that living in a state of visionary surrender to the elemental questions, free of the quiet desperation of clinging too tightly to answers, may be our greatest act of faith."

When Neruda died in 1973, The Book of Questions was one of eight unpublished poetry manuscripts that lay on his desk. In it, Neruda achieves a deeper vulnerability and vision than in his earlier work-and this unique book is a testament to everything that made Neruda an artist.

"Neruda's questions evoke pictures that make sense on a visual level before the reader can grasp them on a literal one. The effect is mildly dazzling [and] O'Daly's translations achieve a tone that is both meditative and spontaneous." --Publishers Weekly

Pablo Neruda, born in southern Chile, led a life charged with poetic and political activity. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the International Peace Prize, and served as Chile's ambassador to several countries, including Burma, France, and Argentina. He died in 1973.

II.

Tell me, is the rose naked

or is that her only dress?

Why do trees conceal

the splendor of their roots?

Who hears the regrets

of the thieving automobile?

Is there anything in the world sadder

than a train standing in the rain?

XIV.

And what did the rubies say

standing before the juice of pomegranates?

Why doesn't Thursday talk itself

into coming after Friday?

Who shouted with glee

when the color blue was born?

Why does the earth grieve

when the violets appear?

Synopsis:

Poetry. Latina/Latina Studies. In the BOOK OF QUESTIONS, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poignant, Neruda's questions lead the reader beyond reason into realms of intuition and pure imagination. Completed only months before his death in 1973, BOOK OF QUESTIONS is the seventh and concluding volume in the Copper Canyon Press Neruda series. Reprinted from the 1991 version, this is a bilingual edition. Cryptic and intriguing - Library Journal. Dazzling....O'Daly's translations achieve a tone that is both meditative and spontaneous- Publishers Weekly.

About the Author

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) held diplomatic posts in Asian and European countries. After joining the Communist Party, Neruda was elected to the Chilean Senate but was forced to live in exile in Mexico for several years. Eventually he established a permanent home on Isla Negra. In 1970 he was appointed as Chile's ambassador to France; in 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. William O'Daly is one of the most celebrated translators of the poetry of Pablo Neruda. He lives in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591600
Translator:
O'Daly, William
Author:
O'Daly, William
Author:
Neruda, Pablo
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Wash.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Kage-an Books
Series Volume:
TR-00-18
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.4 x 5.5 x 0.2 in 4 oz

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Product details 96 pages Copper Canyon Press - English 9781556591600 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dazzling."
"Review" by , "The English versions of the poems are excellent and can easily be compared to the Spanish original."
"Review" by , "Cryptic and intriguing, these brief answerless riddles...ask the sophisticated question of the innocent child — 'Is the sun the same as yesterday's / or is the fire different than that fire?' — and probe what it means to be human."
"Synopsis" by ,
A new bilingual Spanish-English edition of Neruda's famous Book of Questions, a Copper Canyon bestseller.

"Synopsis" by ,
A best-selling volume of Pablo Neruda's poetry in an English-Spanish edition.

Pablo Neruda is one of the world's most popular poets, and in The Book of Questions, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poignant, Neruda's questions lead the reader beyond reason into realms of intuition and pure imagination.

This complete translation of Pablo Neruda's El libro de las preguntas (The Book of Questions) features Neruda's original Spanish-language poems alongside William O'Daly's English translations. In his introduction O'Daly, who has translated eight volumes of Pablo Neruda's poetry, writes, "These poems, more so than any of Neruda's other work, remind us that living in a state of visionary surrender to the elemental questions, free of the quiet desperation of clinging too tightly to answers, may be our greatest act of faith."

When Neruda died in 1973, The Book of Questions was one of eight unpublished poetry manuscripts that lay on his desk. In it, Neruda achieves a deeper vulnerability and vision than in his earlier work-and this unique book is a testament to everything that made Neruda an artist.

"Neruda's questions evoke pictures that make sense on a visual level before the reader can grasp them on a literal one. The effect is mildly dazzling [and] O'Daly's translations achieve a tone that is both meditative and spontaneous." --Publishers Weekly

Pablo Neruda, born in southern Chile, led a life charged with poetic and political activity. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the International Peace Prize, and served as Chile's ambassador to several countries, including Burma, France, and Argentina. He died in 1973.

II.

Tell me, is the rose naked

or is that her only dress?

Why do trees conceal

the splendor of their roots?

Who hears the regrets

of the thieving automobile?

Is there anything in the world sadder

than a train standing in the rain?

XIV.

And what did the rubies say

standing before the juice of pomegranates?

Why doesn't Thursday talk itself

into coming after Friday?

Who shouted with glee

when the color blue was born?

Why does the earth grieve

when the violets appear?

"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Latina/Latina Studies. In the BOOK OF QUESTIONS, Neruda refuses to be corralled by the rational mind. Composed of 316 unanswerable questions, these poems integrate the wonder of a child with the experiences of an adult. By turns Orphic, comic, surreal, and poignant, Neruda's questions lead the reader beyond reason into realms of intuition and pure imagination. Completed only months before his death in 1973, BOOK OF QUESTIONS is the seventh and concluding volume in the Copper Canyon Press Neruda series. Reprinted from the 1991 version, this is a bilingual edition. Cryptic and intriguing - Library Journal. Dazzling....O'Daly's translations achieve a tone that is both meditative and spontaneous- Publishers Weekly.
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