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Memoirs Paperback – January 15, 2001
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“A sort of distilled essence of [Neruda] in both substance and form . . . the starting point for all future biographers.” ―Robert Maurer, Saturday Review
“Some of the descriptions of places--India, China, Mexico especially--are brilliant, but it is Chile that emerges most clearly with lights and shadows.” ―Selden Rodman, National Review
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Neruda was born, the son of a railroad worker, in the then frontier wilderness of Southern Chile in 1904. He led a bohemian lifestyle, dressing in black "like the true poets of the last century," during his university years in Santiago. His shyness, the "kink in the soul,"...especially of women, took him a while to overcome. He describes the people and places of that period with great 'carino' (love). His political ideology began to form at that time also, and politics became an integral part of his writing. The Student Federation, student demonstrations and the subsequent repression, had a great impact on the young intellectual.
Neruda led a rich and fascinating life. World traveled throughout his life, he served as Chilean consul in Burma, Ceylon, and Java. He was the consul in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, and during this time "Nine Love Poems" from "Veinte Poemas de Amor y Una Cancion Desesperada" was published. It was at this time also, that his friend Federico Garcia Lorca was killed. Neruda was present in Paris to organize a worldwide anti-Facist congress of writers that would be held in Madrid. His writing about Spain during the war is heartbreaking.Read more ›
Just in one page I chose to read (p.53-54)I found various inexplicable mistakes.
i.e. the translator chooses the word "vowels" to translate "vocablos", which in Spanish is a synonym for "words", therefore the whole sense of Neruda's "love for words" is twisted to say "love for vowels", totally meaningless!
Again, When Neruda says a word sits in a sentence "como una reinta", the translator changes the meaning of "like a little queen" to "like a small little thing" which has nothing to do with the sense of "little queen".
Just another example -of many more in just one page- when the Poet says "las palabras viven en el féretro escondido", what is hidden is the "féretro" (bier), not the words;nevertheless, the translator places the words as hidden in the bier, which is by no means the case.
One does wonder how such imprecise, careless translation of such a great poet has been allowed to be published!
Here's my favorite quote from the book: "It lies not in our power to love or hate, for will in us is overruled by fate"
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What a poet, what a life.
A lover of nature, countries, women, and, of course, words, Pablo Neruda's "Memoirs" is a brilliant account of a single, unbelievable life on this... Read more
I have always loved the poetry of Neruda so it was wonderful to learn more about his life. His memoirs made me love his poetry even morePublished 20 months ago by Allyb
I read this ebook,with no troubles to download,easy to buy.The book,is a Neruda's life story,written,as expected,in a poetic ,but really interesting and sometimes fine humor... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Hsaavedra
This is a magnificent and fascinating book. I want to re-read several of the authors/friends he discusses (e.g., Rafael Alberti). Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Abuelita El Paso
I was introduced to this work by reading an excerpt from it in a poetry class. I bought it, and found it inspiring, rich, unforgettable. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Cathy Sky
Neruda's writing is fascinating as well as poetic. He invites you into his life of hardships and loves while overcoming themPublished on September 4, 2013 by Arthur H. Ziegler