I Explain a Few Things
I Explain a Few Things
Selected Poems
Edited by Ilan Stavans

“Laughter is the language of the soul,” Pablo Neruda said. Among the most lasting voices of the most tumultuous (in his own words, “the saddest”) century, a witness and a chronicler of its most decisive events, he is the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and one of Latin America’s most revered writers, the emblem of the engaged poet, an artist whose heart, always with the people, is literally consumed by passion. His work, oscillating from epic meditations on politics and history to intimate reflections on animals, food, and everyday objects, is filled with humor and affection.
This bilingual selection of more than fifty of Neruda’s best poems, edited and with an introduction by the distinguished Latin American scholar Ilan Stavans and brilliantly translated by an array of well-known poets, also includes some poems previously unavailable in English. I Explain a Few Things distills the poet’s brilliance to its most essential and illuminates Neruda’s commitment to using the pen as a calibrator for his age.

Title I Explain a Few Things
Subtitle Selected Poems
Author Pablo Neruda
Edited by Ilan Stavans
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Title First Published 02 October 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 358 p.
ISBN-10 0374260796
ISBN-13 9780374260798
Publication Date 02 October 2007
Main content page count 358
Weight 16 oz.

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