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By Charles Simic

A suite of recent and chosen essays by way of the Pulitzer Prize winner and previous poet laureate

In addition to being one in every of America's most famed and counseled poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and proficient essayist. The lifetime of pictures brings jointly his top prose paintings written over twenty-five years.

A combination of the considerate, comedian, and tragic, the essays within the lifetime of photos discover matters starting from poetry to philosophy, images, politics, and paintings, to Simic's early life in a war-torn kingdom. Culled from 5 collections, those works reveal the characteristics that make Simic's poetry so unique but available. even if he's brooding about the connection among background and the person, or recalling transforming into up in Belgrade and big apple urban, Simic stocks his specified tackle the area and gives an intimate check out the lifestyles and brain of an immigrant.

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6 An in-depth reflection would lie beyond the scope of this book, but a few points should be addressed here. indd 15 9/16/11 3:03:36 PM Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America | 16 changes that accompanied modernity provoked in them a deep malaise. 7 In the particular case of the modernistas, this unease reflected that modernity was an ambitious project more than an attainable reality, and that it often heightened existing inequalities not only within Latin America but also between Latin America and metropolitan centers such as Paris and New York.

New technologies responded to the city’s expansion. 10 As a result of the country’s solid economic growth, more people began to participate in diverse aspects of the urban economy. New restaurants and cafés were opening, as were theaters, cabarets, and cinemas. Leisure sports, such as soccer, boxing, and golf, were also becoming increasingly fashionable among a population interested in keeping up with European and North American trends. Another sign of change in Buenos Aires came with the multiplication of newspapers and magazines published on a broad scale.

He or she must be willing to comment on the unexpected with originality and speed. This vulnerability extends to the contested space of the chronicle in cultural production. As Brazilian critic Antonio Cândido has noted, the chronicle “fica perto de nos”; it remains close to us, its readers (A crônica, 13). Near the streets and daily life, the chronicle remains open to philosophical and political discourses, serving as a liaison between erudite ideas and a diverse public when it isn’t simply aiming to amuse.

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