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“Among Strange Victims” by Daniel Saldaña París

Rodrigo, the central character in Daniel Saldaña Paris’s Among Strange Victims, slogs along in a life that doesn’t seem to be his, writing press releases for his job as a self-proclaimed “administrator of knowledge” at a local museum and then, on his off days, either masturbating or looking out at the vacant lot behind his Mexico City apartment. He lives a depressed, inert life, referring to himself, in the novel’s opening paragraph, as something...

Pizarnik’s “Extracting the Stone of Madness” & Dabral’s “This Number Does Not Exist”

The Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik is not well-known outside of Latin America. In her own short lifetime, she associated with the writers of the Latin American “boom” movement of the 1960s, and achieved modest fame (Octavio Paz, as well as Julio Cortazar, sang her praises), but she never really made it in the English-speaking world. Now New Directions is set to release a collection of Pizarnik’s middle and later poems—Extracting the Stone of...

Iván Repila: An Interview with Sophie Hughes

Iván Repila (Bilbao, 1978) is a writer, editor and cultural events manager. He is the co-founder of the press Masmédula Ediciones, which specializes in poetry. Iván has worked for various national and international organizations and institutions, producing, coordinating and directing conferences, assemblies and cultural festivals (of theatre, dance and music). He has also edited and collaborated in various publications from the field of performing arts, literature and...

If I could live on the vision without trying to say it

What’s real isn’t this thing or that thing my presents that you gave away once they lost the weight and sheen of being given and became no more than fragile objects. What’s real isn’t our clumsy lies or the bodies of others we barely dare to touch. Nor is it doubt—it can’t be doubt— nor can it be hatred, fear, fatigue. My bet is that what’s real is infinitely beautiful. There is a false time set in motion when we fall, but true time is the...

From the Translators: On \“Regeneration\”

In “Regeneration,” it’s said that Juan, the chief protagonist, “feared the loneliness of his apartment more than he did the tedium of the bar.” Like most writers, we translators revel in the loneliness of our apartments: we choose to work alone, in a darkened room, with no one to talk to or interact with. We like to develop our ideas in the comfort of our solitude, where our hopeless first attempts go unseen and our naïve blunders go unshared. We like to...

The Week in Translation

Festival de la Palabra Oct 16 events Lehman College: 250 Bedford Park Blvd W (4 train to Bedford Park Blvd/Lehman College); Carmen Hall 224  6:00pm −8:40pm in Carmen Hall 224: Encuentro de estudiantes de “Literature of the Caribbean”, con Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez,   Louis-Philippe Dalembert y Janette Becerra. Traductor: Charlie Vázquez   Instituto Cervantes: 211 E 49th St at Third Ave. (6...

Good Women and Bad Women

We never discovered how they found us out. My brother insisted that Márgara had stumbled across them accidentally while she was putting clean sheets on the bed, and that she had squealed on us. I suspected something different. On a number of occasions I had surprised my mother going through my drawers, or secretly reading my diary—it was more like an exercise book of notes and drawings and doodles—or stealthily lifting the other receiver while I was talking to a friend on...

Never Any End to Hemingway

Well here we are, he wrote to Anderson, as he lay there, smoking. He liked typing letters from his bed with the black Corona on his lap. And we sit outside the Dome Café, opposite the Rotonde that’s being redecorated, he wrote to Anderson, warmed up against one of those charcoal braziers and it’s so damned cold outside and the brazier makes it so warm and we drink rum punch, hot, and the rum enters into us like the Holy Spirit. Period—new paragraph, as he weighed up...
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