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- DescriptionFor Jose Angel Valente, the word was foremost. He was of a generation that came of age under the Franco dictatorship. But unlike many of his contemporaries, he did t often address political or social issues directly in his poems. His influence as a poetic force proved to be much deeper. From the outset Valente s work was bold yet disciplined, immediate yet lyrical, combining poetic precision with a knack for capturing vital moments and a keen ear for musicality. His chief concern was poetry that explored and transcended itself: poetry as kwledge. A poet of unfailing integrity, he never wavered in his pursuit of the truth of the word. Exploring questions of love, loss, and the spirit, he stripped twentieth-century Spanish poetry of its rhetorical excesses, producing contemplative, introspective, and at times mystical verses, rejecting the facile and embracing silence. In his later years, he turned to stirring, highly distilled prose poems in such works as <i>The Singer Does Not Awaken</i> and <i>Landscape with Yellow Birds</i>. Then the clear melody of his early verse gave way to intensely resonant passages that folded in upon each other and opened startling vistas in unexpected directions. This is the first major selection of Valente s work to appear in English.
- Author BiographyJose Angel Valente (1929 2000) produced more than twenty volumes of poetry and many important essays. He lived in Switzerland from 1958 to 1982, and some of his work was not allowed to be published in Franco s Spain. Valente expressed that poetry is a revelation of an aspect of reality to which there is no means of access other than through poetic knowledge. He was awarded the Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras in 1988, the Premio de la Fundacion Pablo Iglesias in 1984, the Premio Reina Sofia de Poesia Iberoamericana in 1993, the Premio de la Critica in 1960 and 1990, and the Premio Nacional de Literatura posthumously in 2000. Upon his death in 2000, The Independent called him Spain s greatest contemporary poet. Thomas Christensen is the author of <i>1616: The World in Motion</i> and <i>New World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas</i>. He has translated, often in collaboration with his wife, Carol Christensen, works by Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortazar, Alejo Carpentier, and Louis-Ferdinand Celine, among others. He lives in Richmond, California.
- Author(s)Jose Angel Valente
- PublisherArchipelago Books
- Date of Publication04/06/2013
- LanguageEnglish & Spanish
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintArchipelago Books
- Weight445 g
- Width149 mm
- Height188 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Translated byTom Christensen
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Sewn
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