Category Archives: Trans. from Spanish

OPEN LETTER TO GUSTAVO FAVERON

Dear Gustavo, In early 2011, while I was in the middle of translating your novel EL ANTICUARIO, you candidly asked me why I had taken the task upon myself, and at the time – as far as I recall – … Continue reading

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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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Reevaluating the Poetry of Pablo Neruda

The poetry of Pablo Neruda is no secret to English language readers. His has been more extensively translated than that of any other South American poet. And while this is usually to the poet’s favor, certain popular collections (for example, … Continue reading

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I, AND OTHER VICIOUS CIRCLES – Jorge Plaza

Spanish poet, native of Murcia, Jorge Plaza has not long ago published Yo, y otros círculos viciosos (Idea, 2010) in Arrefice, Lanzarote, and he would like us to read it as poets, so much he says in the introduction: assuming the … Continue reading

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VISIONS FROM THE FRAME – Roberto García de Mesa

In 2008 Roberto García de Mesa published a fascinating book of “microcuentos” or “flash-fiction,” titled Visiones desde el marco (Idea) [1]. The eighteen brief texts point to new territory in the trajectory of his narrative. As he is largely known as … Continue reading

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APOLONIA – Mario Domínguez Parra

Apolonia (Idea, 2006) is a book of poems by Mario Domínguez Parra, poet & translator from the Canary Islands, Spain. Other poems from this collection have been translated by Maureen Alsop and published in the 2010 Autumn Issue of Poetry Salzburg Review. Born in Alicante, in … 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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THREE PIECES OF THE UNIVERSE

Late in his life, poet & visual artist Jorge Eduardo Eielson published an extraordinary book of poems that bears the paradoxical title: Untitled (2000). Extraordinary, because it was produced after a fifteen year abstention from the literary arts, during which all … Continue reading

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