Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.
Condition: Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper which is also slightly tanned. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank.
From the cover: In his poetry, Pablo Neruda periodically shed his poetic skin to assume new forms. More than one critic has alluded to this “protean ability to be always in the vanguard of change. The prose pieces in this posthumous collection reflect that versatility, that enormous hunger for new modes of expression, new adventures, new challenges. Spanning a lifetime, these passions and impressions range from early prose poems anticipating Nerudas first collection of poetry to the speech he delivered, two years before his death, on the occasion of his acceptance of the Nobel Prize.
Passions and Impressions is both a sequel to and an enlargement on Nerudas Memoirs. It records a lifetime of travel, of friendships and enmities, of exile and homecoming, loss and discovery, of history both public and personal. In view of Nerudas reputation as a political activist, his courageous pronouncement against President Gonzalez Videla of Chile his I Accuse speech ringing with echoes of Zolas famous letter in the Dreyfus affair is of particular interest.
Animating this collection is Nerudas ability to recapture the past, to bring to us in vivid detail the people and places and events of his remarkable life: reminiscences of friends and lovers, exotic birds and Chilean bandits, colourful depictions of Far East seaports, jungle temples, a room in Montmartre, the cities and countryside of South America.
But the overriding impression is of Nerudas love for Chile for his long, narrow native land at the far ends of the earth, for its citizens, its flora and fauna, its national identity. His abiding devotion pervades these notes on a life fully lived.