The poet, Vicente Huidobro (Santiago de Chile, 1893 – Cartagena, 1948) is, without a doubt, the most important figure of the avant-garde movement in the Spanish Literature of the twenties, without which, according to Gerardo Diego «the history of our poetry would be unexplainable». Huidobra was known for his controversial personality yet, at the same time he was famously naïve, vehement and polemic. According to Octavio Paz, Huidobro is «the invisible oxygen» of contemporary poetry and his work is «one of the most lucid and conscious contributions of formal experience from the beginning of the 20th century». This anthology consists of the author’s most important poetic texts and manifestos, and closes with the poem «hermanos», which was essentially rescued from oblivion. The book also includes a compilation of letters that are little known or unpublished to date.
Gabriele Morelli, Faculty Chair of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Bérgamo, a well-known Italian Hispanist, and an expert on the generation of ’27 and on contemporary Spanish poetry, was in charge of writing the prologue to this volume and compiling the content.