Translated by James Hoggard
In these outstanding poems, Hahn displays an uncompromising intelligence and strength, blending horror and humor. Hahn has assimilated poetic tradition, but is not a slave to it: he employs a wide range of poetic techniques, opening himself to the inventive possibilities of mystery, song, and story. He has the coolness of wit to make us smile, and his lyrical virtuosity makes plain the universality of his 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.
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.
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
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