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(11/26/2008) The Difficult Days by Roberto Sosa. Princeton. 1983. Princeton University Press. Translated from The Spanish by Jim Lindsey. keywords: Poetry Translated Honduras Literature Latin America. 79 pages. Cover art by Ezequiel Padilla Ayestas. 0691065837.

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   Roberto Sosa was born in Honduras in 1930. Expressing the oppression and poverty of his country, his poetry has been both banned and highly honored. Un mundo para todos dividido received the Casa de las Americas Award in Havana in 1971 after its publication was stopped in Honduras for political reasons. Despite the banning, the students and artists of Tegucigalpa recite Sosa’s verses regularly in cafes and nightclubs throughout the capital. The poems in THE DIFFICULT DAYS are taken from Un mundo para todos dividido and from Los Pobres, winner of the Adonais Award in Madrid in 1968. CONTENTS: Esta Luz Que Subscribo/This Light I Subscribe To; Los Pobres/The Poor; Transparencia/Transparency; Los Peldaños Que Faltan/The Missing Stairs; Los Indios/The Indians; La Realidad/Reality; La Yerba Cortada por los Campesinos/The Grass the Peasants Cut; Los Elegidos de la Violencia/Those the Violence Selects; Las Voces No Escuchadas de los Ricos/Unheard Voices of the Rich; La Muerte Otra/The Other Death; Los Claustros/The Sanctuary; La Hora Baja/Low Hour; Malignos Bailarines sin Cabeza/Wicked Headless Dancers; Las Sales Enigmáticas/ The Mysterious Sallies; Piano Vacio/Empty Piano; La Batalla Oscura/The Dark War; Mi Padre/My Father; Arte Espacial/Spatial Art; Canción para un Gato Muerto/Song for a Dead Cat; Testimonios/Testimonies; Los Dias Dificiles/The Difficult Days; Después de los Encuentros/After the Encounters; Un Anormal Volumen de Lluvia (Crónica de un Juicio Final)/ An Unusual Amount of Rain (A Doomsday Report); Descripción de una Ciudad en Peligro/Description of an Endangered City; El Aire Que Nos Queda/The Air We Have Left; El Invierno Puede Ser un Inválido/Winter Can Be an Invalid; La Arena del Desierto Que Comparto con Otros/The Desert Sand I Share with Others. . Jim Lindsay is the author of the book of poems IN LIEU OF MECCA (University of Pittsburgh). The poems in THE DIFFICULT DAYS are taken from Un mundo para todos dividido and from Los Pobres.

 

 

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