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Altazor

ISBN-10: 0819566780
ISBN-13: 9780819566782
Edition: 2003
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Description: Often compared with Apollinaire as the first and liveliest avant-garde poet in his language, Vicente Huidobro was a one-man movement ("Creationism") in the modernist swirl of Paris and Barcelona between the two World Wars. His masterpiece was the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 1/2/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

Often compared with Apollinaire as the first and liveliest avant-garde poet in his language, Vicente Huidobro was a one-man movement ("Creationism") in the modernist swirl of Paris and Barcelona between the two World Wars. His masterpiece was the 1931 book-length epic Altazor, a Machine Age paean to flight that sends its hero (Altazor, the "antipoet") hurtling through Einsteinian space at light speed. Perhaps the fastest-reading long poem of the century, and certainly the wildest, Altazor rushes through the universe in a lyrical babble of bird-languages, rose-languages, puns, neologisms, and pages of identical rhymes, finally ending in the pure sound of the language of the future. Universally considered untranslatable until the appearance of Eliot Weinberger's celebrated version in 1988, Altazor appears again in an extensively revised translation with an expanded introduction.

Virtually unknown in the United States, Huidobro was one of the most important innovators in Latin America poetry of the early twentieth century and an important theoretician of the new art. He lived in Europe for many years, specifically in Paris from 1916 to 1926, where he wrote poetry in French and participated in French poetic movements. He proclaimed himself the inventor of the school that he called Creationism, which he considered the foundation of a new way of conceiving art. For Huidobro the mission of the poet was the creation of new poetic realities. Art was totally free and the poem was free of both its poet-creator and the circumstances in which it was created. Huidobro tended to exaggerate and became a center of polemics, but he was one of the first to announce such important avant-garde concepts. His creative work is startling because of the novelty of the metaphors and the formal and verbal experimentation.

Eliot Weinberger was born on February 6, 1949. He is a writer, editor and translator. His work has been published in 30 languages. He first gained recognition from his translations of Nobel Prize winner and poet Octavio Paz. These translations include Collected Poems 1957-1987 and In Light of India. He has also translated other writers such as Vicente Huidobro's Altazor. He received the National Board Critic's Circle Award for his edition of Borge's Selected Non-Fictions. Today Eliot Weinberger is mostly known for his essays and political articles focusing on U.S. politics and foreign policy. His literary writings include An Elemental Thing, which was selected by The Village Voice as one of the "20 Best Books of the Year for 2009. He is also the co-author of a study of Chinese poetry translations, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei. In 2000 he was the only American literary writer to be awarded the order of the Aztec Eagle by the government of Mexico.

Introduction
Prefacio/Preface
Canto I
Canto II
Canto III
Can to IV
Canto V
Canto VI
Canto VII

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