Flights of Victory/Vuelos de Victoria

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ISBN 978-0-915306-74-9
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
123 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Flights of Victory/Vuelos de Victoria

Ernesto Cardenal

In this bilingual edition, Ernesto Cardenal celebrates his country's successful revolution against the Somoza regime. Recognized world-wide as a major poetic voice from Latin America, he also has long been an activist fighting for political freedom, and he served as Nicaragua's Minister of Culture from 1979-1988. In Flights of Victory, Ernesto Cardenal reflects on events of recent Nicaraguan history with poems about the insurrection against Somoza, the triumph of the popular movement, and the reconstruction of the country, from the unique perspective of a poet-participant.
About the Author

Reverend Father Ernesto Cardenal Martínez (born January 20, 1925) is a Nicaraguan Catholic priest and was one of the most famous liberation theologians of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, a party he has since left. From 1979 to 1987 he served as Nicaragua's first culture minister. Cardenal was the founder of the primitivist art community in the Solentiname Islands, where he lived for more than ten years.  He is also famous as a poet, having authored more than 60 volumes of poetry, essays, and criticism. 

Marc Zimmerman is an associate professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


"Cardenal's work has always focused on the 'democratization of culture'...his love of people, language, and country."

— Library Journal

"His verse often seems like 'story-poetry', relating events, impressions and emotions that are deeply rooted in material history..."