Synopses & Reviews
"Few poets have ever expressed the human condition as Vallejo did; compared with Neruda's sometimes glib, easy lyricism, Vallejo's verse is a convoluted thorn bush of passion and suffering. This, his first book of poetry, already reveals the complex intellectual, emotional, and spiritual qualities that characterize his later work (e.g. "Poemas Humanos"). From the very first line ('There are blows in life, so hard . . . I just don't know!'), the discerning reader is convinced that what follows will be a profound literary experience, a life perceived from a harrowingly surrealistic perspective; 'To go along dying and singing. And to baptize the shadows/with Babylonian blood.' Essential for anyone seriously interested in modern poetry."--"Library Journal"
Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. One of the three great Latin American poets, alongside Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz, few poets expressed the human condition as Vallejo did. "Compared with Neruda.Vallejo's verse is a convoluted thorn bush of passion and suffering..A profound literary experience, a life perceived from a harrowingly surrealistic perspective.Essential for anyone seriously interested in modern poetry"--Library Journal. The second new translation of THE BLACK HERALDS this year, this one was translated from the Spanish by Richard Schaaf and Kathleen Ross.
Originally published in Peru in 1919 before the poet fled to Europe to avoid incarceration, this collection of poems is the first from a man who would become a significant voice of Latin American poetry. César Vallejo's work reveals a mystical and social vision that penetrates the deepest recesses of the human spirit and consciousness, and is influenced by the many experiences he had in his relatively short life of 49 years, including time in jail, the alienation of exile, poverty, exploitation, and war.
About the Author
César Vallejo was a celebrated Peruvian poet and considered among the greatest poets of the 20th century. He also wrote several novels and plays, some of which were never performed during his lifetime. Richard Schaaf is a translator who has also rendered works by Pablo Neruda into English. Kathleen Ross is a translator of books that include Facundo: Civilization and Barbarism and The Initials of the Earth.