Ashes in Love

poetry from Chile by Oscar Hahn
translated by James Hoggard

8.5" x 5.5"
169 pages

Praise for Oscar Hahn and Ashes in Love:

The Chilean Oscar Hahn is a genuine surrealist wizard, capable of rousing uneasiness with memorable imagery that is pregnant with violence and lust.


Unlike other Chilean poetry, Hahn's supernatural creations form a transparent body of work highly influenced by U.S. poets and their subject matter. Hahn goes beyond them, though, with short, tight lyrics that bridge the Americas until history becomes current culture and the poet finds a place for himself. James Hoggard has done a marvelous job of translating Hahn's work into exciting contemporary rhythms.

Bloomsbury Review

Hoggard's translations are as good as it gets in terms of approaching the limits of meaning, meter, form, and nuance that occur in the movement from one language to another.

World Literature Today

Oscar Hahn's work has been hailed by Mario Vargas Llosa as "magnificent and truly original... the most personal I've read in the poetry of our language in a long time." And in Ashes in Love, Hahn beautifully affirms his reputation as the premier poet of his generation. In these outstanding poems, Hahn displays an uncompromising intelligence and strength, blending horror and humor with droll inventiveness. A sly craftsman, Hahn has assimilated poetic tradition, but is not a slave to it: he employs a wide range of poetic techniques, opening himself to the possibilities of mystery, song, and story. He has the coolness of wit to make us smile, and his lyrical virtuosity makes plain the universal in this deeply personal work.

This bilingual collection brings together Hahn's two most recent works, Apariciones profanas (2002; translated here as Profane Apparitions), and En un abrir y cerrar de ojos, the winner of Spain's Casa de America Award (2006; translated here as In the Blink of an Eye) in one stunning volume. Ashes in Love gives passionate voice to Hahn's originality, playfulness, and mastery of form, and provides an extraordinary showcase for the work of Chile's preeminent contemporary poet.

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