Friday , October 22 2021

"Book of Questions", by Pablo Neruda, published in pictorial edition – Noticias tltima Hora de Guatemala


A year after Pablo Neruda's death, in 1973, it was published Question book, one of the "most ludic" poems of the Chilean Nobel Prize where he questioned about his life and the world, and which is now republished in a special pictorial collection.

"Who can I ask what should I do in this world? Why did I move without wanting, why can't I move? Why do I roll without wheels, fly without wings or feathers, and what I get to transmit if my bones stay in Chile? "Wondered Neruda (1904-1973), a poet born and died in Chile who lived in countries such as Spain, France or Mexico.

Volume, which now publishes Seix Barral, brings together a collection of verses whose 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature was built throughout his life with one source of expressive, constant questions, which made the poetry book work with "a very ludic and free tone".

"This is a very original poetry book and really very celebration. This is very typical of Neruda in the sense that the images, metaphors and colors that appear in verses are very recognizable as Neruda's imagination," explained Teresa Bailach, editor of Seix Barral, who during many years have restored the work of the writer

Although it brings together the elements of the poet's work, Question book "very different" for the game of building all poems based on questions that are sometimes very "crazy", such as when he questioned "Why do trees hide the splendor of their roots?" or "Why can't Christopher Columbus find Spain?"

This posthumous work, whose original edition was published in 1974, has now been illustrated by Maria Guitart (Barcelona, ​​1978), who not only "dialogue" with the essence of the verses of the Chilean poet but also describes it.

In 74 chapters, Neruda raises questions about his life, dreams, death, history, sea, animals, rivers, seasons, sky, stars or characters such as Baudelaire, José Martí, Paul Éluard or Petrarca.


Priscilla León López

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