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Review of Gregory Rabassa’s Memoir, “If This Be Treason”

I suppose that to be considered a memoir, Gregory Rabassa’s If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents should have a tighter narrative, but it doesn’t… 421 more words


Book Review: Roberto Bolaño, between parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003; edited by Ignacio Echevarría; translated by Natasha Wimmer

Whores, perhaps, come closest in the exercise of their profession to the practice of literature. ~ Roberto Bolaño

Described by Ignacio Echevarría in the introduction as a “kind of fragmented autobiography”, this volume collects most of Bolaño’s newspaper columns and articles, speeches, and talks.

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Edgard Telles Ribeiro: His Own Man (2010)

I first came across His Own Man (original title: O punho e a renda) through Guy’s great review at His Futile Preoccupations. A novel about the involvement of a Brazilian diplomat in the dark times of Latin America’s military dictatorship in the 60s-80s? 674 more words


In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González tr. Frank Wynne

In the Beginning Was the Sea charts the decision of a young couple, J. and Elena, to leave behind the lives of excess in Medalín and move to the tropical Columbian coast to begin a new, idyllic, life by the sea. 1,432 more words

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Testimonio 2.0

More than 30 years after Rigobeta Menchu’s detailed rendering of the atrocities suffered by indigenous people during 1980s Guatemalan conflict popularized the testimonio genre in Latin American literature, the importance of the genre “del pueblo” deserves another evaluation. 394 more words

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Sergio Pitol's 'The Art of Flight'

“As Pitol weaves together memories, dreams, literary criticism, brief histories of twentieth-century Mexico, and odes to writers he regards as exemplary,The Art of Flight… 168 more words