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About the Author

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) held diplomatic posts in Asian and European countries. After joining the Communist Party, Neruda was elected to the Chilean Senate but was forced to live in exile in Mexico for several years. Eventually he established a permanent home on Isla Negra. In 1970 he was appointed as Chile's ambassador to France; in 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. William O'Daly has translated six books of Pablo Neruda's late and posthumous work, including the best-selling Book of Questions. His work as a translator has been featured on The Today Show.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1556592728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556592720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Hands of Day is the seventh bilingual translation of the poetry of Chile-born diplomat and political activist Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Sixty-seven lyric poems are presented in both their original Spanish and in English. At times the verse dips away from the mundanities of daily life and into the wonders existing just beyond the senses. A poignant collection, tinged with the depth of human emotion and a "must-have" for anyone with an interest in Neruda's classic works. "The Hands of the Days": by the accident of the rose / the hour is born, irascible / or yellow. / Thin layer of volcano, petal of hatred, / carnivorous throat, / such is a day, and the next one / is tenderly, / yes resolutely, a wedding song.
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Forty years after its original publication in Spanish, Las Manos del Dia (The Hands of Day) has at last been given the full and complete translation into English it deserves, by Neruda's most sensitive and finest translator, William O'Daly. This publication event should be cause for celebration among Neruda fans and poetry lovers everywhere. O'Daly's translation strikes just the right notes, deftly and delicately conveying (as in six previous and equally magnificent volumes) Neruda's incantatory music, his rhythms, and his vast emotional scope, giving the master's work a new and vital life. This is essential reading for the 21st century.
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This is a splendid book. I love Neruda and have many of his books, but had never seen this one until now.
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By bad boy bill on December 14, 2011
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Its very hard to read books by perhaps the greatest poet, translated by someone who has no no sense of the original intent of the poet and instead inserts his own stilted version of what was originally meant. Really sorry I bought this version of some of Pablo's really great work.
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My fault. It clearly states, "Spanish edition" and my foreign language is Russian. As to a review of the book itself, how can Neruda possibly be anything other than exquisite.
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