Category Archives: Book Review

MARGINAL THINGS WANTING TO LIVE

Any act of literary translation entails some form of appropriation. Critics love to burn at the stake translators who put too much of themselves into their work. This is nothing new. Think of Nabokov’s complaints of Constance Garnett who made … Continue reading

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Ritos de jaima – Limam Boisha

Some of the most interesting poetry written in Spanish over the last couple of years appears in Ritos de jaima by Limam Boisha. Published in 2012 by Bubisher, an innovative literary organization (especially with regards to their “bibliobus” that delivers educational … Continue reading

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GOTHIC HORROR TODAY

As I am halfway through a translation of Gustavo Faverón Patriau’s novel, El anticuario / The Antiquarian, I recently wrote a review with several lengthier passages of translation for the Barner Books Blog. I thought I might post an excerpt … Continue reading

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LONGEVITY: THE DEATH OF STYLE

David Friedman, owner of Barner Books (New Paltz, NY) has asked me to contribute some articles to his bookstore’s blog. The idea of this micro series is to evaluate contemporary works of art  & happenings here in the Hudson Valley as … Continue reading

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Bestial olvido – Mario Domínguez Parra

¿En qué confluyen la filosofía oriental del I Ching, la tragédia dramática de Shakespeare y las innovaciones musicológicas de John Cage? Según Mario Domínguez Parra, en Oblivion. Pues, así se titula el llamativo poemario del poeta español, Roberto García de … Continue reading

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Yo y otros círculos viciosos

Ayer recibí una reseña de Mario Domínguez Parra sobre el poemario Yo y otros círculos viciosos, escrito por Jorge Plaza y publicado en España hace pocos meses. Me pareció excepcional la presentación e inovadora la poesía, por lo que decidí, … Continue reading

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Against Professional Secrets – Three Blurbs

A couple of days ago I was pleasantly surprised to receive the first copies of my translation of Against Professional Secrets by César Vallejo, published by Roof Books (NYC). The official publication date is April 1, 2011, however, I am told … Continue reading

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Speaking of Pablo Abril de Vivero

In my last post about Against Professional Secrets by César Vallejo, I explained how in that volume Vallejo offers an unprecedented critique of  avant-garde literature.  He suggests that European avant-garde literature of the early 20th century suffered from posture and … Continue reading

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El Anticuario – The Elastic Imagination of Gustavo Faverón

In October of 2010, Peruvian writer Gustavo Faverón published El Anticuario (The Antiquarian), his first novel and one that is sure to leave its mark on the long and rich tradition of Latin American fiction. While Faverón is best known … Continue reading

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