A classic anthology of the writings of José Martí, one of Latin America's most luminous voices
This elegant anthology presents the full breadth of José Martí's work as a teacher, journalist, revolutionary and poet. It includes his political essays and writings on culture, his journalism, letters and selections of his poetry, published here in both Spanish and English.
Exiled for decades in the United States, Martí wrote journalistic articles covering such events as the New York memorial meeting for Karl Marx (1883), the funeral of the Haymarket Martyrs (1887), and the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886. He also protested the racist treatment of blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans.
Along with Simón Bolívar, Martí is regarded as one of the most brilliant and impassioned advocates for social justice and the independence of what he called 'Our America'. Readers will discover in this book a literary genius and an insightful political commentator on troubled US-Latin America relations.
While fervently condemning the brutality and corruption of the Spanish colonizers, shortly before his death, Martí warned about the increasingly predatory ambitions of the United States, writing: 'I have lived inside the monster and I know its entrails; my sling is David's.'
José Martí was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1853. At 17, he was imprisoned for treason by the Spanish colonial government. He subsequently lived most of his life in exile, traveling throughout Latin America. Martí lived in New York for 14 years before returning to Cuba where he was killed in the War of Independence against Spain in 1895.
Publisher: Ocean Books
Edition: Paperback (320 pages), 2007