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Octavio Paz claims in this essential work that the two painters who
had the greatest influence on the twentieth century were Pablo
Picasso and Marcel Duchamp. If that conjunction surprises at first,
Paz makes a convincing case with his analysis and by contrasting
the two artists. "I have linked their two names," he writes,
"because it seems to me that each of them has in his own way
succeeded in defining our age: the former by what he affirms; the
latter by what he negates, by his explorations." Considering
Duchamp's career and writings from his scandalous "Nude Descending
a Staircase" in 1913 to his subsequent investigations, from his
"Large Glass" and kinetic art to the Readymades and "physiques
amusantes" ("comic calculations"), Paz offers a highly personal
assessment, exploring the apparent contradictions and seeming
enigmas with the insight and lucidity that characterized all his
Nobel Prize-winner Octavio Paz offers a dazzling mind journey to the sources of poetry. Poet, diplomat, writer, philosopher, hailed as an "intellectual literary one-man band" by the New York Times Book Review, Nobel Prize-winner Octavio Paz was a key figure in the Latin American Literary Renaissance and in world literature. In this entrancing work, part prose-poem and part rumination on the origins of language and the antic, erotic, sacred nature of poetry, Paz takes inspiration from Hanuman, the red-faced monkey chief and ninth grammarian of Hindu mythology. On a journey to the temple city of Galta in India-which Paz finds partially ruined in a leaf-filled countryside surrounded by forbidding hills-Hanuman's mythical encounters serve as the springboard for the poet's speculations on all manners of things, from movement and fixity to meaning and identity, the reality behind language, and the nature of nature. Images of the holy city, complete with the marauding monkeys for which it is known, constantly obtrude on his musings. Perhaps the most poetic of Paz's prose works, The Monkey Grammarian is visual: every page is rich in images, of palaces and temples, pilgrims and sadhus, and the monkey god himself. Paz's probing, crystalline prose makes this an unforgettable voyage of the mind.
Presented in Eliot Weinberger's excellent new translation with the Spanish texts en face, this is the 1957 poem "that definitively established Paz as a major international figure" (Sagetrieb). Written as a single cyclical sentence (at the end of the poem the first six lines are written again), Sunstone is a tour de force of momentum. It takes as its structural basis the circular Aztec calendar, which measured the synodic period of the planet Venus (584 days the number of lines of Sunstone). But, as The New Republic noted, "this esoteric correlative design...does not circumscribe its subject. It is] a lyrically discursive exploration of time and memory, of erotic love, or art and writing."
" My first trip to the seashore,
one wave tore away from the sea. "
"She caught my hand, and we raced
away together across the sand. "
Based on a story by Nobel Prize laureate Octavio Paz, this delightful tale of a boy and his pet wave is charmingly retold with beautiful new illustrations. See if you can find the hidden cat, dog, mouse, whale, and sea horse in almost every picture!
Ages 3 - 8
As well as the nine essays on his country's psyche and history that make up 'The Labyrinth of Solitude', this highly acclaimed volume also includes 'The Other Mexico', Paz's heartfelt response to the government massacre of over three hundred students in Mexico City in 1968, and 'Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude', in which he discusses his famous work with Claude Fell. The two final essays contain further reflections on the Mexican government.
B+En 1957B; , escribe Octavio Paz, B+hice algunas traducciones de breves textos de clasicos chinos. El formidable obstaculo de la lengua no me detuvo y, sin respeto por la filologia, traduje del ingles y del frances. Me parecio que esos textos debian traducirse al espanol no solo por su belleza -construcciones a un tiempo geometricas y aereas, fantasias templadas siempre por una sonrisa ironica- sino tambien porque cada uno de ellos destila, por decirlo asi, sabiduria. Me movio un impulso muy natural: compartir el placer que habia experimentado al leerlos... Creo que Chuang-TzuB; , como los otros poetas que recoge esta breve antologia, B+no solo es un filosofo notable sino un gran poeta. Es el maestro de la paradoja y del humor, puentes colgantes entre el concepto y la iluminacion sin palabrasB; .
The final legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Labyrinth
"Brimming with insight, thoughtfulness, and sincerity . . . a poetic road map to the past, present, and future of love" is how Kirkus Reviews praised The Double Flame, Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz's exploration of the intimate connection between sex, eroticism, and love. Illuminating and provocative, these essays examine everything from taboo to repression, providing an accessible, engaging discourse on what Paz calls our "share of paradise".
The speech delivered by Paz in acceptance of the 1990 Nobel Prize
for Literature, in which he discusses gratitude, separateness, and
modernity. Published in a handsome bilingual edition. Translated by
Engrossing essays that reflect the author's vast and subtle
knowledge of the world. Topics range from the religious rites of
the Aztecs to modern american painting, from Eastern art and
religion to love and eroticism. Translated by Helen Lane.
Written with a poet's sensibility and a diplomat's sense of
history, these essays view a contemporary world poised between the
upheaval of the 1960s and the uncertainties of the 1980s. "Essays
at once eloquent and slashing, urgent and erudite" (Publishers
Weekly). Translated by Helen Lane.
"Gabriel Zaid . . . is a jewel of Latin American letters, which is no small thing to be. Read him--you'll see."--Paul Berman
The first appearance in English of the poetry of Gabriel Zaid, this book comprises forty-two poems (in both English and the original Spanish), translated by a variety of English-speaking poets. Renowned in Mexico as one of his country's leading writers, Zaid has published two books in English, "So Many Books" and "The Secret of Fame" (both from Paul Dry Books).
"It's so hard to coordinate:
"Nevertheless it's a universal law:
"Think with your stomach,
Gabriel Zaid's poetry, essays, social and cultural criticism,
and business writings have been widely published throughout the
Spanish-speaking world. He lives in Mexico City, Mexico, with the
artist Basia Batorska, her paintings, three cats, and ten thousand
books. Paul Dry Books has published his "So Many Books" and "The
Secret of Fame."
Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico's foremost writer and critic. In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture. Compared to Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses for its trenchant analysis, this collection contains his most famous work, "The Labyrinth of Solitude," a beautifully written and deeply felt discourse on Mexico's quest for identity that gives us an unequalled look at the country hidden behind "the mask." Also included are "The Other Mexico," "Return to the Labyrinth of Solitude," "Mexico and the United States," and "The Philanthropic Ogre," all of which develop the themes of the title essay and extend his penetrating commentary to the United States and Latin America.
In The Bow and the Lyre Octavio Paz, one of the most important poets writing in Spanish, presents his sustained reflections on the poetic phenomenon and on the place of poetry in history and in our personal lives. It is written in the same prose style that distinguishes The Labyrinth of Solitude. The Bow and the Lyre will serve as an important complement to Paz's poetry.
Paz's discussions of the different aspects of the poetic phenomenon are not limited to Spanish and Spanish American literature. He is almost as apt to choose an example from Homer, Vergil, Blake, Whitman, Rimbaud as he is from Lope de Vega, Jimenez, Dario, Neruda. In writing these essays, he draws on his vast storehouse of knowledge, revealing a world outlook of ample proportions. In reading these essays, we share the observations of a searching, original, highly cultivated mind.
Octavio Paz, 1990 Nobel Prize winner, declares that his many nonfiction books on the subject of India are only footnotes to his India poems. Those collected here cover more than 40 years of Paz's many and various commitments to Indiaas Mexican ambassador, student of Indian philosophy, and, above all, poet. "Paz's poetry is a seismograph of our century's turbulence, a crossroads where East meets West".PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
Octavio Paz launches a far-ranging excursion into the "incestuous and tempestuous" relations between modern poetry and the modern epoch. From the perspective of a Spanish-American and a poet, he explores the opposite meanings that the word "modern" has held for poets and philosophers, artists, and scientists. Tracing the beginnings of the modern poetry movement to the pre-Romantics, Paz outlines its course as a contradictory dialogue between the poetry of the Romance and Germanic languages. He discusses at length the unique character of Anglo-American "modernism" within the avant-garde movement, and especially vis-a-vis French and Spanish-American poetry. Finally he offers a critique of our era's attitude toward the concept of time, affirming that we are at the "twilight of the idea of the future." He proposes that we are living at the end of the avant-garde, the end of that vision of the world and of art born with the first Romantics.
A Tree Within (Arbor Adentro), the first collection of new poems by the great Mexican author Octavio Paz since hi Return (Vuelta) of 1975, was originally published as the final section of The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987.
The first major book of short prose poetry in Spanish, Eagle or Sun? (Aguila o Sol?) exerted an enormous influence on modern Latin American writing. Written in 1949-50 by Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, Eagle or Sun? has as its mythopoeic "place" Mexico a country caught up in its pre-Columbian past, the world of modern imperialism, and an apocalyptic future foretold by the Aztec calendar. Indeed, three personae of the book--the goddess Itzapaplotl, the prophet clerk, the poet are manifestations of the threefold aspects of the land. Paz himself explains: "Eagle or Sun? is an exploration of Mexico, yes, but at the same time, and above all, it is an exploration of the relations between language and the poet, reality and language, the poet and history."
Configurations was his first major collection to be published in this country, and includes in their entirety Sun Stone (1957) and Blanco (1967). Paz himself translated many of the poems from the Spanish. Some distinguished contributors to this bilingual edition include, among others, Paul Blackburn, Lysander Kemp. Denise Levertov, and Muriel Rukeyser. Paz's poems, although rooted in the mythology of South America and his native Mexico, nevertheless have an international background, transfiguring the images of the contemporary world. Powerful, angry, erotic, they voice the desires and rage of a generation.
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