The Heights of Macchu Picchu
A Bilingual Edition
Publication Date: January 1967
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The Heights of Macchu Picchu is the finest and most famous of Neruda's longer poems and provides the key to his earlier work. It was inspired by his journey to Macchu Picchu, the Peruvian Inca city high in the Andes. Neruda's journey takes on all the symbolic qualities of a personal "venture into the interior" as the poem progresses, exploring both the roots of the poet's identity and the history of Latin America. This translation has been rendered by the distinquished poet Nathaniel Tarn and is presented in a bilingual edition, with the Spanish and English texts on facing pages.
Born in Paris in 1928, Nathaniel Tarn has lived outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, for nearly thirty years. He has published an incredible range of books as a poet, anthropologist, editor, translator, and essayist. His most recent collection of poems is Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers.