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Prayer in the National Stadium Paperback – 1 Jan 1992

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Katabasis (1 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0904872165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904872163
  • Package Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.6 x 0.8 cm
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'Her control in the poems, among the terror and torture, is superb. It is typical that she writes a sympathetic poem about one of the guards.' -- The North

'It is the terrifying experiences that seem to have more profoundly effected these poems.' -- British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America

'The Spanish texts are printed alongside the English version of the poems by Dinah Livingstone, but I read the latter as poems in their own right.' -- Scratch

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Poem from the book by Maria Eugenia Bravo Calderara (bilingual text)

November 1st 1973, Santiago, Chile

I pray to you, St Quixote,
visit me today
and in this dreadful night of fear
comfort my delirium,
give me strength to stand
this long night and those to come
even longer and darker
in their cruel hands.

St Sancho,
as this twilight turns to grey,
come and give us bread,
the true sure tenderness
that is in my blood,
the one thing necessary,
for ever and ever

Yo te ruego San Quijote
que vengas este día
hasta esta cruel noche de espantos,
a consolarme en los delirios,
a darme fuerzas para resistir esta noche,
u las otras noches más oscuras aún que
vendrán en sus manos crueles.

San Sancho,
en este día que se tuerce al gris,
ven a darnos pan,
y la ternura cierta y verdadera,
di mi sangre,
la única,
por los siglos de los siglos

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