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Series: NYRB Poets
ISBN: 9781590178744
Pages: 128
Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Maqroll's Prayer and Other Poems

by Álvaro Mutis, edited and translated by Kristin Dykstra, translated from the Spanish by Alastair Reid and Edith Grossman


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Álvaro Mutis is celebrated internationally as the author of the seven novellas, written between 1986 and 1993, that constitute the legendary and widely loved Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. Maqroll, the Gaviero, or watchman, is a wanderer on the face of the earth, always in pursuit of love and fortune, even as he knows that neither can nor will last. Few know, however, that Maqroll made his first appearance, and established his myth, not in prose but in poetry. Starting 1948, Mutis published several volumes of surrealist-tinged poetry, but with an unmistakable voice of his own, gaining the admiration of Octavio Paz and Gabriel García Márquez, who would later call him “one of the greatest writers of our time.” Here a selection of Mutis’s haunting poems—invocations to a hidden god, private talismans of an outcast spirit—has been rendered into English by Alastair Reid, Edith Grossman, and Kristin Dykstra and published in a bilingual Álvaro Mutis, translated by Alastair Reid and Edith Grossman