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The House at Isla Negra. Prose Poems.

Neruda, Pablo.

ISBN 10: 0934834350 / ISBN 13: 9780934834353
Published by White Pine Press, Fredonia, New York, 1988
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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A Fine copy in glossy stapled wrappers, as issued, a paperback original. Unpaginated. 30pp of text. Translated by Dennis Maloney & Clark M. Zlotchew. Photographs by Milton Rogovin. Foreword by Marjorie Agosin and Afterword by Ariel Dorfman. Q03411. Bookseller Inventory # Q03411

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Title: The House at Isla Negra. Prose Poems.

Publisher: White Pine Press, Fredonia, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First edition

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"We were accustomed to seeing him in the morning, contemplating the Pacific Ocean . . . filling enormous notebooks with green ink. His poetry took root here, returning to the continual rebirth of the sea."-Marjorie Agosín

Few writers are as bound to place as Pablo Neruda was to the landscape and people of Isla Negra, his home from the late thirties until his death in 1973. These poems, gathered from a trilogy of books, celebrate Neruda's house, the people, the coastline, the sea and its creatures in images that are fundamental to an understanding of his mature work.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez considered Pablo Neruda the greatest poet of the century. Besides his poetry, he left the world a legacy of love for humanity and for the power of language to change society. In this bilingual collection, photographs of Neruda's beloved house at Isla Negra are combined with his own words of explanation and his inimitable poetry.

The house, of which Neruda says, "I don't know when it was born into me," faces the Pacific Ocean, subject of many of the poet's meditations. In Neruda's prose poem, "The Sea," he sketches the vast timelessness of the Pacific: "It was so large, wild and blue that it didn't fit anywhere. That's why it was left in front of my window." Like time itself, the ocean is so unfathomable that anyone can disappear, "and the water doesn't know it."

The poem "The House" shows the relationship of house, stone, and man when he imagines stone as a previous home and says, "I touch this stone, and for me it hasn't died: / it's what I was, what I will be." This beautiful collection of poems is like a scattering of thoughts on the shore that Neruda has strung together into a song of life. --Susan Swartwout

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