New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1977. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's dark blue cloth, spine gilt and stamped in mint green, upper board gilt, red endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"What the memoir writer remembers is not the same thing the poet remembers. He may have lived less, but he photographed much more, and he re-creates for us with special attention to detail. The poet gives us a gallery full of ghosts shaken by the fire and darkness of his time." First edition in English of Chilean Nobel laureate Neruda's posthumous memoirs chronicling his life as a poet, diplomat, propagandist, Communist and one time candidate for President of Chile. Originally published in Spanish as Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias, 1974, it was edited from Neruda's manuscript by his third (and last) wife Matilde Neruda and Venezuelan writer Miguel Otero Silva; translated by Hardie St. Martin. Light foxing to text block and fading to top edge of cloth; slight waviness to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #2107