His Hands Were Gentle – launch event on the publication of a bilingual edition of a selection of the song lyrics by Chilean singer Victor Jara, who was murdered by Pinochet’s thugs. The book is published by Smokestack Books.
Join us for an evening of music and poetry – live performances of some of Victor Jara’s songs and readings from the book.
His Hands Were Gentle brings together, for the first time in both Spanish and English, the best of Víctor Jara’s lyrics, from early songs like ‘El arado’ to ‘Estadio Chile’ written in the hours before his execution there. They reveal Jara as an ardent political poet, an eloquent advocate for the peasantry from which he arose, a socialist visionary and a poetic balladeer of the highest order.
Translations by Martín Espada, Eduardo Embry, John Green, Joan Jara and Adrian Mitchell.
Foreword by Joan Jara, Preface by Emma Thompson, Introduction by Martín Espada.