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El Canto general es un clasico de la literatura hispanoamericana y de la poesia universal de este siglo, al que el autor chileno Pablo Neruda llamo en sus Memorias "mi libro mas importante." Este Canto es una obra de caracter enciclopedico, reune multiples temas, generos y tecnicas bajo un denominador comun: America, constituyendo una historia marginal del continente. Obras maestras como el gran poema "Alturas de Machu Picchu" forman parte del libro.
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Comprising 15 sections and over 300 separate poems, this epic traces the history of Spanish America from the pre-Colombian innocence to present corruption. Despite the heavy-handed, overt, and somewhat dated Communist propaganda, the permanent value of this masterpiece lies in the personal prophetic vision, grandiose scheme, and heterogeneity of verse forms. Neruda coalesces contrasting styles, from the sublime, almost mystical lyricism of self-exploration in ``The Heights of Macchu Picchu'' to the prosaic, oratorical bombast of ``The Sand Betrayed.'' Although excerpts have been previously translated and regularly anthologized, this landmark edition, accurate and literal, marks the first time this monumental work appears in English in its entirety. Recommended.-- Lawrence Olszewski, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio

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