Nostalgia for Death by Xavier Villaurrutia and Hieroglyphs of Desire by Octavio Paz

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A two-part poetry collection, translated for the first time by Eliot Weinberger and Esther Allen.

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Xavier Villaurrutia was one of the very few Latin American writers in the first half of this century who was openly homosexual—an important Mexican poet who wrote, essentially, one book, Nostalgia for Death, translated here for the first time by Eliot Weinberger.

As 1990 Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz makes clear in his book-length study, Hieroglyphs of Desire (translated by Esther Allen), Villaurrutia is a major poet of desire whose beloved is the death we live each day. His poems define life between the nocturnal and diurnal and have taken on added poignancy as uncanny prophecies of individual lives in the age of the AIDS epidemic.

Nostalgia for Death by Xavier Villaurrutia and Hieroglyphs of Desire by Octavio Paz