Seven Voices : Seven Latin American Writers Talk to Rita Guibert by Rita Guibert ( Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel Angel Asturias, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortazar, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Guillermo Cabrera Infante.)
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1973. Stated "First American Edition" on the copyright page. Hardcover. 436 pages ; b/w photographs ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Blind stamp on half title page. Very good + copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
In a book alive with personality, erudition, opinion, and wisdom, Latin America's most brilliant writers reveal themselves. Their profoundest intellectual and spiritual insights emerge in spontaneous response to an extraordinary interviewer. The seven whose voices are heard:
PABLO NERUDA, the Chilean poet-statesman, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature.
JORGE LUIS BORGES, the great Argentine storyteller and mythmaker.
MIGUEL ANGEL ASTURIAS, Guatemala's Nobel Prize novelist.
OCTAVIO PAZ, whose poems speak for his Mexican generation.
JULIO CORTAZAR, politically controversial Argentine author of Hopscotch.
GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, "dazzlingly accomplished" Colombian novelist, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude.
GUILLERMO CABRERA INFANTE, brilliant, and inventive young Cuban novelist, author of Three Trapped Tigers.
Each speaks about his life, his writing, his feelings about the literature of today and of the past, about the great events and trends—and trivia—of our times, in conversations with Rita Guibert. Acting more as catalyst than interrogator, spending in most cases a week or longer with each of the seven, she opened up avenues of discussion. They responded openly wher-ever their feelings and interests were involved—talking about the process of writing . . . the impulse to art. . . the artist's role in society . . . the function of literature . . . their own feelings about other writers ... about critics... their attitudes toward Castro and the Cuban revolution . . . socialism . . . the United States and Latin America ... the generational war... the feminist movement... the sexual revolution ... violence . . . Utopian possibilities . . . human imperatives.
The result is an unparalleled opportunity for the North American reader to meet the men of Latin America's literary renaissance and to gain a new un-derstanding of their works and their worlds.
Rita Guibert, who was born in Buenos Aires, has lived for fifteen years in New York, where she has worked extensively in the magazine field. Her articles have appeared in Paris Review, Intellectual Digest, Review '72, Revista Iberoamericana, and the Spanish edition of Life, for which she was a reporter for five years.
"Seven Voices makes it plain that Latin American writers want to be read, first, as writers, and judged on literary terms. Armed with patience, a tape recorder, and some notebooks. Rita Guibert has hunted down, on three continents, seven of the most important writers of Latin America. Unlike many of her colleagues, she has not attempted to extract programmed answers to equally programmed questions. Her questions are meant to unleash the flow of conversation. Her secret is knowing how to listen. The voice of each of the writers is fully revealed in these pages. A common pursuit —the craft of fiction, the art of poetry—links them beyond idiosyncrasies of age and points of view." -From the Introduction by Emir Rodrfguez Monegal
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