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Hands of Day, The
Pablo Neruda
$17.00 paperback
978-1-55659-272-0
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Hands of Day, The
Las manos del dia
Pablo Neruda

This first complete English edition of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda's The Hands of Day is published bilingually with translations by noted Neruda scholar William O'Daly. The poems celebrate everyday labor and declare Neruda's wish to take part in the great human making of the day. O'Daly writes in his introduction:

Above all else in The Hands of Day, the beloved Chilean poet celebrates the transformative powers of others' hands, of those who build with wood or metal or who harvest the grain or the fish, of those who make the wine, and of the powerful hands he entreats to help him change the profile of the planet, to shape the triangular stars the traveler needs. He also meditates on the role of the writer... [on] focusing [one's] energies on creating work and lives of greater integrity, and he implicates himself among those artists who carry like a "small beast" on their shoulders the capacity for self-delusion.

Self-effacing and wise, empathic and forlorn, Neruda ultimately leaves the reader with a grand vision of hope for humanity.

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VI - A House
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XXXIII - Early
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For Hands of Day, The, Pablo Neruda

"Gorgeous, essential, humble and discerning, this book reminds us of the unity of all creation and of the human's and the poet's place in it."—ForeWord

"A poignant collection, tinged with the depth of human emotion and a 'must-have' for anyone interested in Neruda's classic works."—Midwest Book Review

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