Fully Empowered A Bilingual Edition

Pablo Neruda; Translated and Introduction by Alastair Reid

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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160 Pages



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Neruda himself regarded Fully Empowered, which first appeared in Spanish in 1962 under the title Plenos Poderes, as a particular favorite, in part because it came out of a most fruitful period in his life. These thirty-six poems vary from short, intense lyrics to characteristic Neruda odes to magnificent meditations on the office of poet, including pieces that would undoubtedly claim a place in any selection of Neruda's greatest verse. "The People" ("El Pueblo"), about the state of the working man in Chile's past and present, and the most celebrated of Neruda's later poems, completes this reflective, graceful collection.


Praise for Fully Empowered

"Fully Empowered [is] gratifyingly clear, even luminous. It is a full book, rich in experience, alternately groping and sweeping, and a joy to read."—G. M. Ortiz, The New Republic

"Because he gave us a past and a present, Pablo Neruda will be with us in the perilous conquest of our future."—Carlos Fuentes, The New York Times Book Review

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  • Pablo Neruda; Translated and Introduction by Alastair Reid

  • Pablo Neruda (1904-73), one of the renowned poets of the twentieth century, was born in Parral, Chile. He shared the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson and Pablo Picasso in 1950, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.

  • Pablo Neruda