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Fact, Act, Phenomenon: On Translating \“Un fatto umano\”

When I first picked up Manfredi Giffone’s Un fatto umano, excerpted in Words without Borders as A Human Act, I expected nothing more than a violent diversion similar to the Godfather or Scarface. In fact, the book approaches the mafia from the opposite end, focusing on the corrosive effects wrought by organized crime on all aspects of civic culture, plumbing the nature of heroism under despotism and demonstrating, through the brutal rise of Totò Riina’s Corleonese mafia...

Na túa boca: On Translating Elvira Riveiro Tobío

Imagine a Venn diagram: one circle represents the group of people who translate from Spanish. The other stands for those married to speakers of one of Spain’s minority languages. In the center—known as a mandorla or vesica piscis, for the benefit of fancy word lovers like myself—fall the husbands and wives who have been asked, “So when are you going to translate something from Euskera/Galician/Catalan?” The spouses of Basque people have it easiest. While the...

New in Spanish: Germán Sierra’s \“Standards\”

When Pálido Fuego, the publisher that has worked to bring such voices as Mark Leyner and Lars Iyers to audiences in Spain, decided to publish its first book from within that country’s borders, Germán Sierra’s fourth novel Standards was a fitting choice. Sierra is a representative of the “Nocilla Generation,” which introduced stylistic traits associated with late twentieth and early twenty-first-century English and American fiction into Spain’s...

The Espadrilles of Benuaventura Durruti:  On Translating “The Art of Flying”

Fairly early in Antonio Altarriba's The Art of Flying, the protagonist, the author’s father, deserts his post in the Nationalist Spanish army and crawls across the battle lines, where he is apprehended by a band of soldiers fighting for the Republic.  Dropping to his knees and declaring his allegiance to the CNT-FAI, the militant wing of Spanish anarchists, he is embraced by his captors, a militia group known as the France brigade.  One evening, he is seated with...

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