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And we were all alive

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Original title

Y todos estábamos vivos

An acute reflection on paradoxical reality and existence in our world and the conscious perception of the precariousness and unreality of life.

The poetic career of the writer and translator Olvido García Valdés has been marked by the interplay between opposites, in terms of the concepts treated and the lyrical form used. This book of poems is one of the culminations of his literary work. It navigates between the waters of the real, unreal and evanescent, with a tone that bathes the images offered by the author in a profound light.

The poems are also diverse in form, with brief and fragmentary examples following on an extensive poem; and verse and poetic prose combining with paradoxical ease across the emotional asceticism that impregnates the work as a whole. Olvido moves through nature and the landscape, memory and women, with the constant presence of painting and the everyday.


National Literature Award for Poetry


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