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Cantos de Adolescencia: Songs of Youth (1931-1937)by Americo Paredes
Synopses & Reviews
Stop, Time, your fast race; /turn back to my lost infancy. With the final poem of this collection, Upon Turning Twenty One, famed Chicano folklorist Americo Paredes closes a chapter in his life--one written during his formative years from 1932 to 1937--as he grew from a seventeen-year-old boy to a twenty-one year old man. In doing so, the renowned writer looks toward the unknown future maze. Originally published in 1937 by Libreria Espanola in San Antonio, Texas, this new edition contains the first-ever English translations of the original Spanish poems and an introduction by the translators, scholars and poets in their own right, B. V. Olguin and Omar Vasquez Barbosa. Paredes, who died in 1999 at the age of 84, is widely considered to have been at the forefront of the movement that saw the birth of Chicana/o literary and cultural studies as an academic discipline in the 1970s and 1980s. This collection of poetry written during his teenage years lays the groundwork for themes he explored in later writings: culture conflict, race, and gender relations, materialism, hybridity, and transnationalism. In his youthful, first-person voice, Paredes explores intimate, angst-filled issues relevant to all young people, such as love, memory, and rebellion. Published as part of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Series, this vital volume is a must read for Paredes scholars and those interested in the dynamic intersection of cultures in the 1930s. It contains a literary chronology of Paredes' literary development and includes correspondence, photos, and other materials from the Americo Paredes Papers at the Archival Collections of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin AmericanCollection at the University of Texas at Austin.
Book News Annotation:
Bilingual poets Olgluín and Barbosa present Texas-born Chicano writer Paredes' (1915-1999) first volume of poems in Spanish with facing pages of English translation, sparse footnotes, and more extensive endnotes. They also provide a 40-page introduction, reproductions of texts and photographs, and a literary chronology. Annotation Â©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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