Getting into foreign literature can be an exciting and daunting task. The task becomes difficult if the authors write in a foreign language. Whenever you travel to a new country, the best way to understand it is via its food and its literature. Literature gives you a glimpse into the country’s heart and soul, and is perfect to understand it at a deeper level. With this in mind, you might want to read the poetry of Blanca Varela.
Read Blanca Varela for an insight into the Peruvian soul
Considering you mostly read literature in English, it might be time to consider a few Peruvian writers. Blanca Varela was one of the most famous poets in Peru, and she is a great place to begin with. She is famous for her creole waltzes and was known for her friendships with famous people such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre. She lived in France for some time and was engaged in bringing the Latin American voice to foray. Cafe de Flore in Paris was one of her regular haunts and she socialized with other thinkers and philosophers in that Parisian cafe.
Known for her beautiful songs and poems, Blanca Varela is one of the most illustrious poets of modern Peru. She may no longer be with us, but her words and books are still around. She is known for het surrealist style which is quite common in Latin America. Blanca tried to express one’s inner innocence and juxtaposed that innocence with the cruelty of the world.
Are Blanca Varela’s books available in English?
Her books have been translated into many languages including English. To begin with, you can start with Song of Dirtiness, which was written in 1978. The Book of Clay and Animals’ concert are other notable collections of poetry. The Peruvian National Institute of Culture awarded her with the Medal of Honor. She also won the Octavio Paz Prize for poetry and essays. Do let us know in the comments section below, how you feel about her poetry.