Book of Questions (Hardcover)
Holy moly is this book astonishing. Nothing I write can do it justice: from Paloma Valdiva’s incredible illustrations, to the fold-out pages and see-through jacket. The thought-provoking, unanswerable questions of Nobel-laureate Pablo Neruda are presented in both the original Spanish and English, translated by Sara Lissa Paulson. This edition presents 70 of Neruda’s beguiling questions that reframe the world, drawing out what is awe-inspiring and mysterious in our lives. “Does the earth chirp like a cricket / in the symphony of the skies?”— Timothy, Wild Rumpus
This bilingual Spanish-English edition is the first illustrated selection of questions, 70 in all, from Pablo Neruda's original poem (320 questions) The Book of Questions.
Holding the wonder and mystery of childhood and the experience and knowing that come with growing up, these questions are by turns lyrical, strange, surreal, spiritual, historical and political. They foreground the natural world, and their curiosity transcends all logic; and because they are paradoxes and riddles that embrace the limits of our ability to know, they engage with human freedom in the deepest way, removing the burden and constraint that somehow, we are meant to have answers to every question.
Gorgeously, cosmically illustrated by Paloma Valdivia, here Neruda's questions, already visual in themselves, gain a double visuality that makes them even more palpable and resonant. So clearly rooted in Chilean landscapes as they are, the questions are revealed as a communion with nature and its mysteries.