Category Archives: César Vallejo

Artists Facing Politics – César Vallejo

Today commemorates César Vallejo’s 120th birthday, and I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight one of the attributes of this writer that I most admire: his ability to articulate the role of the artist within the realm of politics. … Continue reading

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ONE SENTENCE OF TUNGSTEN

The opening sentence of César Vallejo’s social realist novel El tungsteno reads: “Dueña, por fin, la empresa norteamericana “Mining Society”, de las minas de tungsteno de Quivilca, en el departamento del Cuzco, la gerencia de Nueva York dispuso dar comienzo … Continue reading

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THE FINAL JUDGMENT – César Vallejo

It’s rare that we think of César Vallejo as anything other than a poet – granted, “poet” is usually accompanied by some qualifier, like unprecedented or idiosyncratic – but it must not be overlooked that,  if one sifts through the … Continue reading

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THE OTHER IMPERIALISM – César Vallejo

The Other Imperialism is the first chapter of Toward the Kingdom of the Scriris, one of César Vallejo’s not often celebrated novellas. First drafted on board the steamship Oroyo sailing from Peru to France in 1923, the novella would be finished in 1928, and then … Continue reading

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DOUBLEWIDE WALL – César Vallejo

Shortly before leaving Peru for Europe in 1923, César Vallejo published Scales, a book of prose poems & short stories that forms part of his experimental works & can be read as a prose correlate to his unprecedented verse in … Continue reading

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The Tired Stone – César Vallejo (Act 1, Scene 1)

Today, April 15th, marks the 73rd anniversary of César Vallejo’s death. While the early days in Trujillo & Lima resulted in some of his best and most well-known works, the final months of his life stand out as one of … Continue reading

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NORTHWESTERN WALL – Vallejo – Cuneiforms

“Notherwestern Wall” by César Vallejo, translated from the Spanish by Joseph Mulligan. This text is drawn from Cuneiforms, a collection of tales & prose poems published in 1923 as the first section of Scales. Composed at the same that Trilce … 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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The Stunted Adulthood of Man – Vallejo – Trilce XVIII

I am often intrigued by those writers who tell me that they only write when there is nothing in their surroundings to interrupt that complex and very proper process of transmitting and transforming thought and emotion into written words. I am … 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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