What a year was 1922. That year, T.S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land was published. So was James Joyce's Ulysses. So was Jean Toomer's Cane. Whatever "modernism" means, 1922 was one of its peaks.Read More
Also that year, a poet from Peru published a book called Trilce - to complete silence at home and abroad. Too different, a departure too far.
The intervening 85 years have made clear that Trilce deserves to stand among the most original and startling productions of 20th-century literature. Its author, César Vallejo (1892-1938), stood out even among Peruvian poets - he was of indigenous blood, with two grandmothers from the Chimú people of the Andes. Today he has a place among the finest of his century's poets. And now we have this spectacular edition of his complete poetry, edited and translated, also spectacularly, by poet Clayton Eshleman. A priceless window opens on a poet who is by turns invigorating, incomprehensible, and inimitable.
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