³The Farewell´ revindicates the Dionision spirit, but humanizing it, translating it intomoving style of rough simplicity.In relation to the conferences, their titles are self-explanatory, but the rigour used in thehandling of the subjects confront us at this time not with the poet, not the moralist nor the socialreformer, but with a specialist in the use of logical tools.One finishes reading this book with this sensation that one must begin to study it.The writer van Daren, in the first pages helps to clarify abstruse problems that arise fromthe explanations that Silo gave to reduced circles of people.This compilation is a sort of ideological ³commitment´. Time will surely take care of unfolding and developing this synthesis.
This work is compilation of Silo's harangues. Each one of them has been characterizedwith brief statements about the circumstances operating at the time they took place, in order togive the reader the opportunity of apprehending the "context" so important for objectiveanalysis.We cannot say that the "Dialogues of Isla Negra" or the "Farewell" have the character of harangues, nevertheless we have included them here for they contribute to elucidate somepoints barely touched upon in the other dissertations. As is well known, in oratorical style the best way to come in contact with the message iscertainly not through reading, but rather through listening. As the present means of communication is not adequate for such aims, we suggest that the reading be done aloud. Inthis manner there will be a greater approximation to the feeling (which is also meaning) that isdulled here by cold letters. All the material we present here has been accurately taken from recorded tapes, with theexception of the "Fare-well" which was copied by hand. Fortunately, Dr. Pedro J. Restrepo waspresent that day. Our thanks to him for having rescued such a significant document. As to the three conferences that we decided to include, from the very beginning theygave us several problems. In the first place they were not intended for the general public, butonly for a small audience that knew specialized themes of Silo's doctrine. In the second place,they did not have continuity among themselves and more likely resembled clarifyingdevelopments offered as answers to issues stated in those days. In the third place, by beinginserted between the harangues they produce the same rupture as would a mathematicalexercise included in a compilation of poems.