The Song of the Figures by Jose Maria Eguren: Translated by Jose Garay Boszeta



"He speaks to us; and his explanations of some of his symbols suggest to us the rarest of illusions. It occurs to me he is an oriental prince who travels in pursuit of impossible sacred bayaderes" - Cesar Vallejo

Originally published in Peru in 1916, The Song of the Figures, Jose Maria Eguren's second volume of poetry, consolidated his reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation and earned him the unanimous praise of his contemporaries, such as Jose Carlos Mariategui, Cesar Vallejo and Abraham Valdelomar. Displaying a penchant for Oriental themes shrouded in mystery and sensuality, The Song of the Figures is an outstanding follow-up to the landmark success of Symbolics (1911), and remains as one of the highlights of Latin American poetry in the 20th century.

This first English translation, long overdue, restitutes the figure of one of the most uniquely crafted voices of Latin American poetry and opens up a window to his timeless past.

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Publish Date
August 01, 2020
5.51 X 0.28 X 8.5 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Jose Maria Eguren (Lima 1874-1942) Peruvian poet, painter, essayist and photographer. His unique style marks one of the most interesting transitions between Modernismo and the Avant-garde movements in Latin American poetry, and has remained as an important influence for several generations of poets and writers. His works are widely regarded as classics of Peruvian poetry and have been translated to Italian, French, Czech and English.
Jose Garay Boszeta (Lima, 1985) is a writer, translator and language laborer, born and raised in Lima, Peru. He studied programs in Economics and Philosophy at the National University of San Marcos in Lima. His work in translation aims to reevaluate Latin American narratives and restore their historical content for English speaking audiences around the world. His current projects include the translation of the works of Jose Maria Eguren and Martin Adan, among others. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Erin and their dogs, Willow and Remy.