Selected Prose and Prose Poems (LLILAS Translations from by Gabriela Mistral

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By Gabriela Mistral

The 1st Latin American to obtain a Nobel Prize for Literature, the Chilean author Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) is frequently characterised as a therapeutic, maternal voice who spoke on behalf of ladies, indigenous peoples, the disenfranchised, young ones, and the agricultural negative. She is that political poet and extra: a poet of philosophical meditation, self-consciousness, and bold. it is a ebook jam-packed with surprises and paradoxes. The complexity and structural boldness of those prose-poems, particularly the female-erotic prose items of her first ebook, lead them to a tremendous second within the background of literary modernism in a convention that runs from Baudelaire, the North American moderns, and the South American postmodernistas. it is a publication that would be eye-opening and informative to the overall reader in addition to to scholars of gender stories, cultural stories, literary background, and poetry. This Spanish-English bilingual quantity gathers the main well-known and consultant prose writings of Gabriela Mistral, that have now not been as on hand to English-only readers as her poetry. The items are grouped into 4 sections. "Fables, Elegies, and issues of the Earth" contains fifteen of Mistral's such a lot obtainable prose-poems. "Prose and Prose-Poems from Desolaci?n / Desolation [1922]" provides all of the prose from Mistral's first very important e-book. "Lyrical Biographies" are Mistral's poetic meditations on Saint Francis and Sor Juana de los angeles Cruz. "Literary Essays, Journalism, 'Messages'" collects items that display Mistral's evaluations on a variety of matters, together with the perform of training; the writers Alfonso Reyes, Alfonsina Storni, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Pablo Neruda; Mistral's personal writing practices; and her social ideals. Editor/translator Stephen Tapscott rounds out the amount with a chronology of Mistral's existence and a quick creation to her profession and prose.

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Moments of pure vision, pure hearing, pure touch. Consciousness of life at one moment. All the memories revolve around bread. It carries an intense sense of life, and also, through I don’t know what internal association, an equally strong sense of death. The thought of life turns banal from the moment it isn’t blended with the thought of death. The pure essentials are superficial giants or little pagans. The pagan paid attention to both.  FA B L E S , E L E G I E S , A N D T H I N G S O F T H E E A R T H La jirafa La ven pasar y se preguntan los demás animales qué cosa ha alcanzado que valiera ese levantamiento del cuello.

She travels about offering herself for great commissions: one to the elephant that can shade a cultivated field burning in the sun, another to the mill that allows not even one spot of moss to sleep. But the elephant and the mill do not trust the giraffe, and it seems like bad luck even to listen to her. ’’ She has no real function. Only once, a tribe of Bedouins used her to hold up the top of their shabby tent when its pole was broken. Since then the giraffe continues her journey covered all over with big black flowers, because the drunken Bedouins scribbled on her all night.

Oficio no se le conoce y solamente una banda de beduinos la empleó una vez para levantar lo alto de su tienda remendada, a la que se le había roto la armazón. Desde entonces, anda llena de unas grandes flores negras, porque los beduinos borrachos dibujaron sobre ella toda la noche. —¿Qué será, Dios mío, la jirafa? Y ella me contesta que sólo es fea, porque se parece a la quebradura de mi propio anhelo. []  La jirafa / The Giraffe The Giraffe Seeing her walk by, the other animals ask themselves what she has done to deserve the distinction of that arching neck.

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