A gorgeous exploration by Neruda--using vivid natural imagery to invoke his perception of himself, and his relation to the places and people who made him who he was. A fantastic summer read, especially when on vacation far from home.— Wiley
Reflective later poems of the fiery, Nobel-Prize winning Chilean poet, presented here with the English translations and original Spanish side-by-side on facing pages.
In the over one hundred poems contained in Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda fashioned a kind of poetic autobiography in which he set out to explore and gather the various "lives" or "selves" he had left behind him in the huge span of his writing existence. Written in his "autumnal" period, from the vantage point of Isla Negra, the small village on the Pacific coast of Chile which he came to regard as the center of his world, the book reads like a series of notes in which present and past interact, and is perhaps the most self-confronting of all his collections.