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Winter Garden
Pablo Neruda
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Winter Garden
Pablo Neruda

This complete English translation of Pablo Neruda's Jardin de invierno (Winter Garden) appears in a bilingual edition by noted Neruda translator William O'Daly.

Translator William O'Daly writes in the introduction, "Neruda wrote no book more direct and passionate in its language." As the title suggests, Neruda returns to nature as a source of regeneration and embraces solitude as a positive force. Between this solitude and Neruda's public voice (he reluctantly became Chile's ambassador to France in 1971), between political realities and personal experience, Neruda addresses his own sense of responsibility in a remarkably unified and lyrical suite of poems.

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"Elegantly timeless and fresh... O'Daly has made a noble effort to retain both the literal sense of the poet's words and his awe-inspiring tone."—Publishers Weekly

"O'Daly transforms the pain of Neruda's final days in these fine, hypnotic translations, which stand alongside Alastair Reid's translation of Residence on Earth. These are the two most valuable Neruda books we have today."—The Bloomsbury Review

"Here, as in much of Neruda's poetry, the personal and the political collide, driven by his overriding concern: how does one person— a writer— change the world? His poems always plumb the unfathomable ambiguities of life, surfacing, finally, with a kind of balanced appreciation for the knowable as well as the mysterious."— Library Journal

"Taken in sum... these books [The Separate Rose, Still Another Day and Winter Garden] are a legacy of buoyancy for the spirit; words that not only enrich and uplift, but ennoble; important art for a world too often compelled to contemplate mud and shoetops... Set yourself the delirious, the heady task of soaring with one of the great souls this century has produced... Treat yourself to Neruda. It's for your own good"—The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

"In addition to the original poems and the solemn, emotive translations, [this] edition offers a brief, but insightful introduction. Winter Garden admits English language readers to the profound imagery of Neruda's poetry and serves as a useful reference for devotees of Latin American poetry."—Small Press

"Self-reflective and broad... [these poems] capture Neruda's humanity while reminding us also of his deep social conscience."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Given his impending death, late in life, it's easy to see how pained Neruda was. This collection features many personal thoughts, among them his eager wish not to be praised or to receive accolades in his late days.  He wants to watch water through windows and see the sunrise.  He's gracious and brave."—The Black Sheep

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