Vicente Huidobro (Santiago de Chile, 1893-Cartagena, 1948) is, without a doubt, the most important figure of the avant-garde in Spanish literature of the 1920s, without whom, Gerardo Diego points out, "the history of our poetry would remain inexplicable". Known for his controversial personality, naïve yet at the same time vehement and controversial. In the eyes of Octavio Paz, Huidobro is "the invisible oxygen" of contemporary poetry, and his work is " one of the most lucid and conscious contributions to the formal experience of the early twentieth century".
This anthology brings together the author's most important poetic texts and humanist manifestos, and closes with the poem «Hermanos», rescued for the first time from oblivion, one of his poetic peaks. Likewise, the book presents a series of little known or unpublished letters that show us the personality of this great Latin American poet.
Gabriele Morelli (Campofilone, Italy, 1937), professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Bergamo, a well-known Italian Hispanist who studied the Generation of 1927 and contemporary Spanish poetry, has been commissioned to write the prologue and compile this volume.