Synopses & Reviews
This suite of thirty poems is Neruda's last love song to the Earth. When he wrote these poems he was dying of cancer, and as the title suggests he addresses not ordinary stones, but cosmic ones: stones that reconcile immobile permanence and the clarity of spiritual flight. When the poet meets his crystallized self, the encounter "takes on an eerie brilliance"—The Village Voice. Bilingual with introduction.
"An excellent bilingual editon."—Choice
Neruda assures us stones are alive as the "man of decay" sings his last love song.
Poetry. This suite of 30 poems is Neruda's final love song to the earth. Having looked attentively at the enormity of the raw Chilean landscape, the "man of decay" turns to the smaller, more intimate stones and addresses them as if they could illuminate his destiny.
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.