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978-0-8047-1327-6 / 9780804713276

Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu

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Publisher:Stanford University Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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About the book:

What goes into the translating of a poem? Usually that process gets

forgotten once the new poem stands intact in translation. Yet a verse

translation derives from historical, biographical, and philosophical

research, interpretive analysis of the original poem, and continuous

linguistic and prosodic choices that parallel those the poet made. Taking as a text Pablo Neruda's brilliant prophetic sequence Alturas de

Macchu Picchu
(1945), the author here re-creates the entire process of

translation, from his first encounter with the poem to the last shaping of

a phrase that may never come right in English. This many-faceted book

forms an essay on the theory and practice of literary translation, a study

of Neruda's career through 1945, and an interpretation of his major poem, all of which lead to a striking new poem in English, Heights of Macchu Picchu, printed along with the original Spanish. This genesis of a verse translation also includes little-known biographical data, hitherto untranslated poems and prose from the years 1920 to 1945, and new translations of key poems from Neruda's Residence on Earth and Spain in My Heart.

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