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Pablo Neruda

Then Come Back

The Lost Neruda Poems

Pablo Neruda


Publication Date : 27 Apr 2017

ISBN: 9781780373607

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2018

‘The greatest poet of the twentieth century, in any language.’ – Gabriel García Márquez

This stunning collection gathers together previously unknown poems found by archivists in boxes kept at the Pablo Neruda Foundation in Chile in 2014.

Neruda is renowned for poetry that casts away despair and celebrates living, fired by his belief that there is no unsurmountable solitude. Then Come Back presents Neruda’s mature imagination and writing: signature love poems, odes, anecdotes, and poems of the political imagination. Translator Forrest Gander beautifully renders the eros and heartache, deep wonder and complex wordplay of the original Spanish, which is presented here with full-colour reproductions of the poems in their original composition on scraps of paper, music programmes, a menu, and in notebooks. 

Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems simultaneously completes and advances the oeuvre of the Nobel Laureate. Discovered during the cataloguing of Neruda’s papers, there are 21 poems in all, together with detailed notes about how they relate to his published work.

‘One of the poetry events of the year… was surely the publication of Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems (Bloodaxe), translated by the leading American poet Forrest Gander and handsomely presented with bilingual text and holographs. Discovered in 2014 and issued in the US last year, these are emphatically not literary leftovers, and they give us Pablo Neruda at his full emotional and imaginative stretch.’ -  Fiona Sampson, New Statesman (Books of the Year)

‘Each one of the poems is marked by Neruda’s rich and easy eloquence, philosophical, warm and conversational.’ – Andy Croft, Morning Star [on the 21 newly-discovered poems in Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems]

'The breadth of his work is just outstanding... These new poems allow for the rediscovery of Neruda by a new generation... they are really quite delightful.' -  Maria Delgado, speaking about Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems on Radio 3’s Free Thinking


Ireland: Click here to order from Books Upstairs in Dublin

North America: Copper Canyon Press

Spanish-English bilingual edition


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