Born in 1905 to Norwegian parents in Buenos Aires, Norah Lange was a key figure in the Argentinean avant-garde of the early to mid-twentieth century. Though she began her career writing poetry in the ultraísta mode of urban modernism, her first major success came in 1937 with her memoir Notes from Childhood, followed by the companion memoir Before They Die, and the novels People in the Room and The Two Portraits. She contributed to the magazines Proa and Martín Fierro, and was a friend to figures such as Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, and Federico García Lorca. From her teenage years, when her family home became the site of many literary gatherings, Lange was a mainstay of the Buenos Aires literary scene, and was famous for the flamboyant speeches she gave at parties in celebration of her fellow writers. She traveled widely alone and with her husband, the poet Oliverio Girondo, always returning to Buenos Aires, where she wrote in the house they shared, and where they continued to host legendary literary gatherings. She died in 1972.
Charlotte Whittle is a writer, editor, and translator from Spanish. Her essays and translations have appeared and are forthcoming in Mantis, The Literary Review, Guernica, Bookslut, Reading in Translation, Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Times, the Northwest Review of Books, and elsewhere. Her translation of Uruguayan poet Silvia Goldman’s No-one Rises Indifferent to Sorrow was published in 2016, and she is currently translating novels by Norah Lange and Gustavo Espinosa. She is also an editor at Cardboard House Press, a bilingual nonprofit publisher specializing in Spanish and Latin American poetry.