New Yorker Writer Leads Tribute to Nobel Prize-Winning Poet Neruda

Posted: November 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

New Yorker writer Alastair Reid, preeminent translator of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, will visit Mason on Thursday, Nov. 18, to talk about Neruda’s life and work. The tribute, “1904-2004: Pablo Neruda Turns 100,” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema.

Sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Hispanic Culture Review, the tribute will include a short film on Neruda; poems read by Neruda in his own voice, with English translations for the audience; and a conversation with Reid.

With more than 40 volumes of poetry, translations, and verse drama to his credit, Neruda is the most widely read of the Spanish American poets. His work often reflects the political struggle of the left and the socio-historical developments in South America. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, and died two years later of cancer.

“Neruda’s goal was to speak for the speechless and sing for the mute, which he did like no other poet in the history of mankind,” says Rei Berroa, associate professor, Modern and Classical Languages.

Reid, who has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1959, is a poet, translator, essayist, and author. He has lived in Spain, Latin America, Greece, and Morocco, and has taught Latin American studies and literature at various universities in the United States and England.

The event is part of International Education Week. For more information, contact Berroa at or 703-993-1241.

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