Spain, take this chalice away from me
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ISBN illustrated paperback: 9788490071335
ISBN hardcover: 9788411266925
España, aparta de mí este cáliz is a collection of poems written by César Vallejo in the last months of 1937. It was published after his death in 1939. It is from the same period as Poemas humanos, Vallejo conceived it as a separate book, inspired by the Spanish Civil War.
Spain, take this chalice from me, appeared in Spain, printed by the Republican soldiers of the Army of the East in the abbey of Montserrat. Legend has it that the paper needed for the edition was made from the uniform of a Francoist general killed in combat, but this appears to be false.
The prince edition was missing for decades. However, in 1983 four copies were found in the library of the monastery of Montserrat itself. The first edition was edited by Manuel Altolaguirre, in the Ediciones Literarias del Comisariado del Ejército del Este.
España, aparta de mí… was later included in the posthumous poetry by Georgette de Vallejo, the poet’s widow, under the title Poemas humanos ( Paris, Les Editions des Presses Modernes au Palais Royal, 1939). In this edition the order of the poems and the numbering is different from the first edition of January 1939.
In 1940 Juan Larrea published and prefaced another edition in Mexico, with the subtitle Prophecy of America. This is very similar to the prince edition.
The title of Spain, take this chalice from me is inspired by a passage in the Gospels, in which Christ addresses God, saying:
“Father, if it is possible, take this chalice away from me.”
This book has a strong biblical breath, and more than an epic poetry book, it is a lay prayer in favor of the Spanish Republicans.
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