The Doubtful Strait / El estrecho dudoso

The Doubtful Strait / El estrecho dudoso

Ernesto Cardenal
Translated by John Lyons. With an Introduction and Glossary by Tamara R. Williams, Project Coordinator
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/1/1995
Format: paper 224 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20903-0
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“ . . . very well translated . . . Cardenal merits praise for presenting, on such an ambitious scale, a passionate alternative history of the Spanish encounter with Central America.” —Booklist

“Combining hsitory with poetry, Cardenal exposes the violence, treachery, injustice, and exploitation that are so much a part of [Central America and Mexico’s] past and present.” —World Literature Today

“Explore this dense, beautiful poem and you will be rewarded with riches that ‘delight and hurt not’.” —Nicaragua Update

“. . . a remarkable text. . . . El estrecho dudoso is a masterful and compelling poetic account of early colonial Central America, and the translation is likewise masterful.” —Colonial Latin American Historical Review

In this book-length poem, Nicaraguan priest and revolutionary Ernesto Cardenal tells the story of the Spanish conquest of Central America from the “discovery” of the American continent to recent historical events. A remarkable achievement and an engrossing narrative, the poem is published here in both Spanish and English.

Author Bio

ERNESTO CARDENAL is a poet, priest, and revolutionary. His works include Cosmic Canticle, Zero Hour and Other Documentary Poems, In Cuba, and Los Ovnis de Oro / Golden UFOs. JOHN LYONS has translated Cardenal's Cosmic Canticles and is the author of a study of Cardenal. TAMARA R. WILLIAMS is Associate Professor of Spanish at Hamilton College.

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El estrecho dudoso
The Doubtful Strait