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Seeing and Touching

ISBN 1848617747

Autor: Vicente Huidobro,Tony Frazer

Editorial: Shearsman Books

Páginas: 188

Idioma: eng

Publicado: 17/11/2023

Alto: 229.00 mm

Ancho: 152.00 mm

Lomo: 10.97 mm

Acabado: Tapa Blanda


The Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro (1893-1948) is one of the most important figures in 20th-century Hispanic poetry and, with César Vallejo, one of the pioneering avant-gardists in Spanish. Originally from an upper-class Santiago family, Huidobro was fortunate to have the means to support himself and his family while he found his artistic way. After an early phase writing in a quasi-symbolist style in his native city, he moved to Paris and threw himself into the local artistic milieu with a passion, quickly becoming a notable figure, publishing a large number of books in the period 1917-1925. Influenced initially by Apollinaire, Huidobro quickly befriended both forward-looking French writers such as Reverdy, Cocteau and Radiguet, and the Spanish expatriate artists, including Picasso and Juan Gris.

He reached his poetic maturity in 1931 with the publication of two master-pieces: the long poem, Altazor, and the book-length prose-poem Temblor de cielo (Skyquake). Two further collections would follow during his lifetime, both published in Santiago in 1941. While he also published successful novels and plays, it is for his poetry that he is best remembered today.

Ver y palpar is one of the two volumes published in 1941, its sister being El ciudadano de olvido (Citizen of Oblivion), released in this series in 2021. The two books contain some the author’s finest poetry but are not generally part of the debate on Huidobro’s work. These translations seek to correct that error.