This stunning collection gathers never-before-seen poems, discovered within Pablo Neruda’s archives in Chile. Neruda is renowned for an oeuvre that casts away despair, celebrates living, and arises from the belief that there is no insurmountable solitude. Then Come Back presents Pablo Neruda’s mature imagination and writing: signature love poems, odes, anecdotal narratives, and poems of the political imagination. Written on any paper imaginable—napkins, playbills, receipts—and found scattered throughout the Neruda estate, these poems offer heartache, Chilean pride, and hope found in the changing of the seasons and the chirping of crickets. The acclaimed translator Forrest Gander beautifully renders the eros and heartache, deep wonder, and complex wordplay of the original Spanish, which is presented here alongside full-color reproductions of the poems in their original composition.
“A literary event of universal importance.” —The Guardian
“The earliest poem in the collection dates to 1956, and several are love poems, a form Neruda was famous for.” —New York Times
“This new volume will be a labor of love for the publisher and a joy for readers everywhere.” —Library Journal
“This brief visit with Neruda ends all too soon, yet reminds one why his work still matters.” — Washington Post