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This Donald Wellman translation of Lápidas makes available in English for the first time the poetry of Antonio Gamoneda, recipient of the Cervantes Prize in 2006 and now, despite years of repression under the Franco regime, one of the most respected voices in Spain. American readers will find that Gamoneda’s poetry, beautifully and skillfully rendered in Donald Wellman’s English translation, communicates not only the painful emotions of Franco-era Spain but also the fortitude of the Spanish people in their struggle.
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Antonio Gamoneda, Cervantes Prize 2006, born in Oviedo in 1931, experienced the cruelest hardships of social and political oppression under the Franco dictatorship as a boy and young man. DESCRIPTION OF THE LIE / DESCRIPCION DE LA MENTIRA, first published in 1977, bares the heart and soul of a Spain just beginning to recover from the horrors of those years. Gamoneda's work is valued world-wide for the incisive and innovative language with which human experience finds the necessary words for grappling with its meaning.
Donald Wellman, poet, editor, and translator lives in Weare, New Hampshire. His books of poetry include THE CRANBERRY ISLAND SERIES (Dos Madres 2012), A NORTH ATLANTIC WALL (Dos Madres, 2010), and PROLOG PAGES (Ahadada, 2009). He edited O.ARS, a series of anthologies, devoted to topics bearing on postmodern poetics, including volumes entitled Coherence, Perception, and Translations: Experiments in Reading. His translation of Enclosed Garden by Emilio Prados is available from Lavender Ink / Dialogos. His translation of Antonio Gamoneda's Gravestones is available from the University of New Orleans Press. His translation of Gamoneda's DESCRIPTION OF THE LIE is available in a bilingual edition from Talisman House, Publishers.
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