Item description for Aphorisms (Green Integer 52) by Cesar Vallejo & Stephen Kessler...
As the translator writes in his introduction: "These are not aphorisms in the classical sense of philosophic gemstones cut and polished to epigrammatic perfection. They are more like thoughts-in-progress from the notebooks of a radical modernist poet trying to regain his bearings after a consciousness-shaking encounter with Soviet socialism. Vallejo, one of the most distinctive and challenging individual voices in a period of great creative ferment throughout Europe and especially poets writing in Spanish, appears to have experienced in 1928 an almost religious conversion to Marxism. From Paris, where he had been self-exiled from his native Peru since 1924, he traveled to both Russia and Spain toward the end of that decade, and the dynamic tension between his own subjective, visionary poetics and a desire for solidarity with the masses energizes and haunts these writings."
Born in 1892 in a small Andean town, Csar Vallejo published Los heraldos negros in 1919 and his masterpiece, Trilce, in 1922. He died in Paris in 1938.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4" Height: 6.25" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher Green Integer
ISBN 193124300X ISBN13 9781931243001
Availability 0 units.
More About Cesar Vallejo & Stephen Kessler
Cesar Vallejo was born in 1892 in Peru. His first book defined literary Indigenism, while his second, Trilce, foreshadowed many innovations of modernism. In 1923, he moved to Paris where he became a prolific journalist. Contra el secreto profesional, written in the 20s, integrates issues of social justice with innovative poetics. During this period he traveled three times to the Soviet Union. He became a member of the Congress of Antifascist Writers in Madrid and visited the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. His later poetry, Poemas humanos, was published a year after his death in 1938.
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Pensees, quips, epigrams and notes from the master poet. Oct 23, 2002
Brief to very brief poetic meditations on a variety of subjects through the prism of the master Latin American poet's heavy heart: various pointed comments follow a trip to the Soviet Union. In an excellent translation by poet Stephen Kessler.