Pablo Neruda (1904-73) was the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century. A prolific, inspirational poet, he wrote many different kinds of poems covering a wide range of themes, notably love, death, grief and despair. His poetry celebrates the dramatic Chilean landscape and rages against the exploitation of his people, for whom he became a national hero. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971 for 'a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams'. This book presents fifty of his most essential poems in dynamic new translations, the result of an unprecedented collaboration between a team of poets, translators and leading Neruda scholars who came together to revisit or completely retranslate the poems. Also including some previously untranslated works, this bilingual edition sets the standard for a general, high-quality introduction to Neruda's complete oeuvre. The Essential Neruda includes translations by Mark Eisner, John Felstiner, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Jack Hirschman, Stephen Kessler, Stephen Mitchell and Alastair Reid, with an introduction by Mark Eisner
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was born Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile. He started publishing his poems in 1920, taking the pen name of Pablo Neruda, after his heroes Paul Verlaine and Czech poet Jan Neruda. He spent much of his adult life either in exile or in diplomatic posts under favourable Chilean governments. Philippe Noiret played him in the film "Il Postino", set in Italy during his exile there. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971. He was close to President Salvador Allende, but in hospital with cancer at the time of the coup d'etat led by Augusto Pinochet. His funeral a fortnight later became the first public protest against the Chilean military dictatorship.