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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142437042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142437049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Martí is the most remarkable figure in the history of Cuba....No English-language collection is as comprehensive as this handsome new addition to the Penguin Classics."
Tom Miller, The Los Angeles Times Book Review


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Mccann on July 17, 2002
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Marti was a prodigy, a genius, yet he is little known in the U.S. either for his prose or poetry. Those who have heard of him may associate him with Radio Marti or know him as a Cuban revolutionary.
While this beautifully rendered translation includes a broad spectrum of Marti's works, some not previously translated, his descriptions of America in the latter half ot the nineteenth century are by themselves sufficient reason to buy this book.
Marti, coming from a different culture, sees things about America that we do not, and he describes them with a passion lacking in the reportage of his North American contemporaries.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tonio Kruger on June 12, 2002
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The Cuban character, as it turns out, is not so much a development of the post-Castro trauma in which so many Cuban-Americans live but rather the expression of a deep and inescapable sense of exile. In this gorgeous, captivating translation of Marti's writings--some appearing in English for the first time--this 19th century journalist and poet is truly the epic voice of the Cuban people, articulating their pathos and homesickness in his dispatches from New York, putting his finger into the wounds of their suffered humanity in his poetry and travelogues. An elegant, profound picture of the Cuban soul, long before the Ilan Gonzalez events cast such an unfriendly light upon it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2002
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Here at last--in English--is a comprehensive selection of Martí's writing, translated by a masterful hand. It leaves all other attempts at this task far behind. Esther Allen meets the challenges of Martí's exuberant and complex style with extraordinary success. This book will be a landmark text for college courses on Martí as a Latin American and Latino writer, and is an excellent introduction for the general public. Bravo to all involved in this effort to bring Martí to American readers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 3VGO on January 9, 2007
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This collection of Marti's essays and letters are excellent reading for Marti scholars and beginners alike. The works are in chronological order and cover the most pivotal periods of Marti's life. Both of Marti's strongest qualities, the poet and the freedom fighter, are represented with conviction. This book is a definite must read for anyone looking to explore the mind one of the greatest literary figures of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Baker on October 18, 2013
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I was referred to Marti' through other literary sources. What I found far surpassed my expectations. Whether it is his writing style, his first hand accounts of important moments in US and Cuban history as a reporter or the insight into US and Cuban relations and the inevitable attempts at a Cuban revolution that followed, this is important reading to any serious or even curious student of Cuba, US History or Latin American literature and literary figures. The writings evolve over a lifetime and combine the life experiences of Jose Marti with the evolution of US social and political upheaval during this period, the growing discontent of Spanish rule over Cuba and reveal much about the US and Cuba through the eyes of an activist observer who ultimately became part of the story. His final writings and accounts of the War and his role in an ill fated revolution are some of the most intimate and foreboding accounts of a person's life mission that I can recall ever having read and seem to be a turning point in modern Latin American writing and literature. The final document of the poet warrior's chronical of his and his country's pending demise.
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