Figures of Speech by Enrique Linh
Poems by Enrique Lihn

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A bilingual edition of the poety of Enrique Lihn one of Chile's most respected poets with an introduction by the translator, Dave Oliphant.

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Enrique Fierro was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1942. He studied Literature at the University of Montevideo. After graduating he taught Literary Theory there and published numerous books in the fields of poetry, literary criticism and translation. His translations include works by William Shakespeare, Jean Genet, Paul Eluard and Ezra Pound. During the Uruguayan military dictatorship (1973-1984) he lived in exile in Mexico for political reasons. Later he continued to be drawn to the country, where he had close associations and detailed knowledge of domestic literary life. In 1985, during the first phase of Uruguay's democracy, he returned to Montevideo and was director of the national library until 1989. Since then he has been living in Austin, Texas, and teaches Contemporary Hispanoamerican Literature at the University of Texas. He has received many awards for his work, including the Uruguayan Poetry Prize, the Montevideo Poetry Prize and the Uruguayan Theatre Critics' Translation Prize. He was on the editing panel of the Uruguayan magazines 'Maldoror' and 'Po tica' and the Mexican cultural and literary journal 'Vuelta'. He now works for the following magazines: 'R o de la Plata'(Paris), 'Cuadernos Americanos' and 'Par ntesis' (both Mexico City) and 'El pez y la serpiente'(Managua). DAVE OLIPHANT is a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches English and has edited a scholarly journal. He has written extensively on music, including his historical study Texan Jazz in 1996, and has published several volumes of his own poetry as well as translations of Latin American poetry.
Published December 1, 1999 by Host Publications. 187 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The appearance of a posthumous selected poems often provides the illusion of completeness--to a life and career; but a close reading of Lihn's work demonstrates how a struggle with a sense of wholenes

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This careful, liberal selection--from the poet's first pamphlet to his deathbed poems, but explicitly not including his political poems and long poems such as ""Written in Cuba""--by Lihn's friend and translator Oliphant, goes far to redress this situation.

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