A musical hell by Alejandra Pizarnik

IMG_6055Set in Argentina. Reviewed on 2018/01: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bdgb09xnAdK/

I’m going to write this small review in English mostly because this is a #bilingualbook (Spanish and English) and also because this is a compilation published by the amazing people at #newdirections If you know anything about my account is that I read almost exclusively fiction books. When it comes to #poetryI’m basically biased towards three #poetsRussia’s Tsvetaeva, Palestine’s Darwish and obviously #argentina ‘s Pizarnik. Translating poetry is probably the work of gods. And here with #amusicalhell it’s the soul of #Pizarnik which transpires and takes over everything. There is no beginning or end, there’s just a present, something happening in the #immediacy in the actual moment. In my personal experience, I can only read Pizarnik’s in small doses one per few days despite the short size of some of them. Here is one example: “Para que las palabras no basten es preciso alguna muerte en el corazón.” “Before words can run out, something in the heart must die.” #highlyrecommended#argentinianliterature #literaturaargentina#poesía #alejandrapizarnik #buenosaires#poetrypamphlet #incisive #bilingual#thebestofthebest #outsider#poesiacompleta

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