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cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 12:55 (nineteen years ago) link

Spaniards or Spanish language?

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 14:16 (nineteen years ago) link

spaniards, I guess. or spanish language translated.

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 14:29 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm reading Journey to the Alcarria by Camilo Jose Cela at the moment. He won the Nobel prize for literature, you know.

Recently exposed as a spy in the Franco era. Shame on you, Camilo! Beautifully written book about a region remaining in name, but practically a suburb of Madrid now.

MikeyG (MikeyG), Monday, 29 November 2004 15:19 (nineteen years ago) link

I read most of The Hive (La Colmena) by Cela in translation, but I never finished it for some reason. He is a good writer, but a real misanthrope and was a real right-winger. I also have La Familia de Pascal Duarte, but I never finished that either. Maybe the existence of this thread will spur me on.

I am also intrigued by this guy Julian Rios, who wrote a book called Larva (published by the Dalkey Archive), which is sort of a Spanish Finnegans Wake.

One writer I can recommend is the poet Antonio Machado. The Alan S Trueblood bilingual book is great. He also did a similar good job on the Mexican poet, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 15:52 (nineteen years ago) link

I suppose we shouldn't overlook Miguel de Cervantes!

MikeyG (MikeyG), Monday, 29 November 2004 16:21 (nineteen years ago) link

I figured cºzen was probably already familiar with him, but if you've got a take on Cervantes, bring it on!

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 16:34 (nineteen years ago) link

Well, I still think Don Quixote is one of the funniest books I've read. I called someone 'quixotic' in a meeting the other day. "Huh?" she said.

MikeyG (MikeyG), Monday, 29 November 2004 17:10 (nineteen years ago) link

to harp on once more - don paterson's versions of antonio machado in 'the eyes' are fantastic and I will probably seek him out in the original. then learn spanish.

keep them coming, even the most obvious are welcome. (rattle your jewellry, lorca.)

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 17:36 (nineteen years ago) link

Well, I read one that I really liked by Adelaida García Morales, called El Sur, which was made into a relatively famous movie of the same name by her husband, Victor Erice. I don't know if you could get it easily, even in Spanish.

There's also this crazy displaced Spaniard who wrote in English, Felipe Alfau, who is published by, guess who, the Dalkey Archive.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:02 (nineteen years ago) link

'el espíritu de la colmena'

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:15 (nineteen years ago) link

No, good guess, but that's his first movie, El Sur was his second. Based on the anecdotal evidence of that movie and Camilo José Cela's above mentioned The Hive- La Colmena, those Spaniards, like the B-52s, love beehives.

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:34 (nineteen years ago) link

'el espíritu de la colmena' is a phenomenal film; one of the few worth seeing.

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:44 (nineteen years ago) link

One of the few Spanish? Foreign? other category? or just one of the few?

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:48 (nineteen years ago) link

one of the few.

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 19:56 (nineteen years ago) link

psyche!

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 20:00 (nineteen years ago) link

octavio paz?

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:23 (nineteen years ago) link

the generation of '98?

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:26 (nineteen years ago) link

then there's the generation of '27 too!

cºzen (Cozen), Monday, 29 November 2004 22:27 (nineteen years ago) link

I think Cela's crime against humanity was to inform on his fellow intellectuals, rather than any actual spying. I'm not sure how big a difference there is. I think he took pleasure in appearing as grumpy as possible. I tried to read his book 'Madera de boj' but it was dead hard, the first page was just incredibly dense. I might give it another go one day. I think he was very clever, informer or not. Of course it is more important not to be an informer than to be clever. But you knew that anyway. His widow seems quite keen on milking his memory dry, perhaps the informer revelations were an odd way of promoting all that stuff. I think his son has written a book about him too.

Shamefully, I haven't read much in Spanish, and not much of it has been by Spanish people. I like Cuban filth-monger Pedro Juan Gutierrez, whose books are available in bowdlerized American translations. I also like Ernesto Sabato, from Argentina, but I haven't read all that much. 'The Tunnel' is the place to start, I think. I've read quite a few books of interviews, one of Sabato interviews, in which he talks about such things as Maradona and Operation Condor (not in the same breath) and one of conversations between Sabato and Borges. I started reading Mexican poet Octavio Paz's political essays and interviews, but I was too lazy to finish it.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 09:29 (nineteen years ago) link

It's stange to read (and enjoy) a book and then find the author to be a baddie. See Knut Hamsen's The Hunger for similar. The Alcarria book expresses sympathy for those disenfranchised by the Civil War (and Cela fought for Franco). I think maybe he thought of politics as something to be exploited; suiting his own needs. Incidentally, the Nationalists never acted on his information.

MikeyG (MikeyG), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 12:03 (nineteen years ago) link

Sabato's an interesting fellow. He started out as a scientist, went to Paris to work in the Curie Labs, then began hanging around with the (long past their prime) Surrealists and decided to become a writer. In addition to "The Tunnel" (available in a bilingual edition, I think) his essays are also very good, if not widely available. The (eighteen years later?) follow-up to "The Tunnel," "On Heros and Tombs" is supposed to be good also, but as usual, I never finished it. First few chapters have kind of a complicated time-scheme like this "If Bruno had known then what he was to learn ten years later when he was told by Alexandra (or was it her mother) what she had already known, having secretly spied on him five years before..."

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 15:45 (nineteen years ago) link

He is a painter now. Says it's easier on his eyes.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 16:03 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, I heard that too. Maybe a friend told me the paintings were interesting or I saw them in "La Clarin" but I don't remember. It all stands to reason, given that he always seemed to be obsessed with blindness in his novels.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 16:39 (nineteen years ago) link

I picked up cela's 'the life of pascal duarte' today. you never told me he was a contemporary of celine and malamarte!

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 19:41 (nineteen years ago) link

I have no idea who malaparte is but I'm intermittently grumpy enough to enjoy celine and his right-wing hectoring. don't let this put you off me though. nor cela. (it appears, from the introduction to my translation, that cela was right-wing too. hm. I like writers who side with the damned though.)

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 19:55 (nineteen years ago) link

though though gah.

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 19:56 (nineteen years ago) link

He is/was Galician, home of Spanish fascism. Well, home of Franco and Fraga.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Tuesday, 30 November 2004 20:53 (nineteen years ago) link

recently finished Arturo Barea's Forging of a Rebel. Quite good.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 08:27 (nineteen years ago) link

Galicia is also the home of Spanish mysticism, the end of a Christian pilgimage znd it rains a lot. Fascism taints its history, but doesn't define it.

MikeyG (MikeyG), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 09:26 (nineteen years ago) link

I didn't say it did, at all.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 09:51 (nineteen years ago) link

Eh? It was simply an addendum.

MikeyG (MikeyG), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 14:02 (nineteen years ago) link

OK, sorry. I appear to be having one of those days.

Puddin'Head Miller (PJ Miller), Wednesday, 1 December 2004 20:11 (nineteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I want to say you two names: Javier Marìas ("Corazon tan blanco" is great!) and Pablo Tusset (very young but his "the best could happena to a croissant" is really funny).
Tell me some impression about these book.

Bed

Bed (Bed), Wednesday, 23 February 2005 09:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Bed,
I read one Javiar Marias book, the one before Negra espalda del tiempo (I can't remember what it's called) and it was pretty good but not great. Maybe he tends to overwrite sometimes? I actually own Negra espalda and have or had a copy of Corazon tan blanco (in English) but never read either one.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 23 February 2005 18:44 (nineteen years ago) link

One more thing- Marias seems to be very big on the Continent- in places like Spain and Germany but ignored elsewhere. I'm assuming you're Spanish, is that right?

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 23 February 2005 20:14 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm agree with you! sometimes it seems he says: look at me! But in Corazon tan blanco he works very very well! I liked a lot it!
Anyway, I'm not spanish. But I'm really close: Italy. Here, he's not very known...
Please read Corazon and later tell me your opinion! I'm curious!!
Ciao

LB

Bed (Bed), Thursday, 24 February 2005 17:13 (nineteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Anyone read Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas? Doing the rounds at the mo.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 February 2011 20:17 (thirteen years ago) link

no, though i'm curious about it, read about it somewhere, and again something is lost in translation with the book literally being called "anatomy of an instant" (although i can see why it wouldn't be directly translated).

À la recherche du temps Pardew (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 26 February 2011 20:21 (thirteen years ago) link

not very helpful contribution of course. i've been meaning to read his soldadados de salamina for about five years.

À la recherche du temps Pardew (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 26 February 2011 20:21 (thirteen years ago) link

No that's ok - thought you'd probably be the only one to reply anyway.

Not sure if this is a thread on Spanish writers from Spain. A couple of unexpected posts on Sabato who I have heard of for some reason but thought I'd probably come across a book in about five years.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 February 2011 20:33 (thirteen years ago) link

i'm sort of shamefully ignorant of spanish writers, read very little that isn't totally canon (cervantes, lorca, unamuno, marias probably contemporary canon) always been more into the latin americans.

À la recherche du temps Pardew (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 26 February 2011 20:37 (thirteen years ago) link

maybe this will do the trick, Jim: http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Best-of-Young-Spanish-Language-Novelists

EvR, Sunday, 27 February 2011 21:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Off the top of my head, 2 Spanish novels I've loved recently-ish:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/1903517591.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
Beautiful, short, wonderfully observed coming-of-age novel

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/P/0460877305.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg
The King Amaz'd by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester: wonderfully odd novel, about, among other things, the Spanish Inquisition, witches, a devout and polite priest who has regular chats with Satan, and a Spanish King who is determiend to see his own wife naked, despite the church's rules otherwise. First read this years ago, but dug it out again recently, and it really stood up well

the most cuddlesome bug that ever was borned (James Morrison), Sunday, 27 February 2011 23:03 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

Manuel Rivas - Books Burn Badly. Read a really good review of it in the LRB today! Might need to get that.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 14 May 2011 19:24 (thirteen years ago) link

do argentine writers count? because i've been loving macedonio fernandez lately

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 14 May 2011 20:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Horrible art and the accumulated glories of the past, which have always existed, are a result of the following: the sonorousness of language and the existence of an audience; without this sonorousness, only thinking and creating would remain; without a clamoring public, art would not be drowned. Under these conditions, Literature would be pure art, and there would be many more beautiful works than there are at present: there would be three or four Cervantes, the Cervantes of the Quixote, without the stories, Quevedo the humorist and poet of passion, without the moralizing orator, various Gomez de la Sernas. We'll be liberated from the likes of Calderon, prince of the falsetto, from lack of feeling, which is poor taste itself; from the likes of Gongora, at least from time to time, with his exclamations of “Ay Fabio, o sorrow!” We'd have three Heines, each of sarcasm and sadness, or D'Annunzios to limitlessly verify passion. Happily, we would have only the first act of Faust, and in compensation various Poes, and various Bovaries—-with their sad affliction of loveless appetite, despicable and bloody—-and this other, lacerating absurdity: Hamlet's lyric of sorrow, which convinces and breeds sympathy, despite the false psychologism of its source. We'll be free of the scientific realism of Ibsen, one of Zola's victims, and this magnificent artist for his part will be dismantled by sociology and theory of heresy and pathology, and instead of a dozen master works we'll possess a hundred, of true, intrinsic artistic worth, not mere copies of reality. These works will be typically literary, works of Prose, not of didactics, without any musical language (meter, rhyme, sonorousness) or paintings with words, that is, descriptions.

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 14 May 2011 21:49 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Rivas is a Galician writer - should've acknowledged that.

Here is another one, this looks really interesting although I probably wouldn't read Autumn of the Patriarch or I, the Supreme again - a bit too dry for me.

http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/tyrant-banderas/

Anyone tried Pla?

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 5 March 2015 13:10 (nine years ago) link

Just got a galley of a new Pla collection from Archipelago: looks interesting (and massive - 600p), but haven''t read it yet. Has nice and cheery title: http://archipelagobooks.org/wp-content/uploads/LifeEmbitters_CatCvr_r1.jpg

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Friday, 6 March 2015 00:06 (nine years ago) link

fuck, sorry, big pic

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Friday, 6 March 2015 00:06 (nine years ago) link

s'ok as (at least I) log on with pics turned off option.

Peter Bush sounds like one of those translators to watch.

James - let me know how you get on w/Pla.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 6 March 2015 10:53 (nine years ago) link

Anyone read Álvaro Mutis' The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll, sounds amazing.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 7 March 2015 10:13 (nine years ago) link

Its really good!

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Saturday, 7 March 2015 10:27 (nine years ago) link

From memory, i think the nyrb edition contains what were originally 6 separate books. Lots of fun.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Saturday, 7 March 2015 10:28 (nine years ago) link

Has anyone read something by Enrique Vila-Matas? I´m still planning to read 'Bartleby & Co' one day.

EvR, Saturday, 7 March 2015 21:58 (nine years ago) link

Oh and Rafael Chirbes' latest novel got a lot of positive reviews lately, covering the current Spanish economic situation.

EvR, Saturday, 7 March 2015 22:01 (nine years ago) link

Bartleby & Co is grebt. Keep meaning to read some more.

Cartesian Dual in the Sun (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 March 2015 22:21 (nine years ago) link

EVM,s Never Any End to Paris is great , too

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 8 March 2015 09:52 (nine years ago) link

I'd second the last two Vila-Matas recommendations itt (Never Any End to Paris is my favorite so far). I'd also be interested to see what you make of that Pla collection, James: I've only read through the earliest entries in Pla's Gray Notebook--I liked Pla's playful attentiveness to the world around him, but I haven't had an opportunity yet to read further.

one way street, Sunday, 8 March 2015 23:13 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.thewhitereview.org/interviews/interview-with-rodrigo-rey-rosa/

^ Man I need to read more from Central America

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2015 12:20 (nine years ago) link

Anybody care to describe any of this?

dow, Friday, 17 April 2015 14:22 (nine years ago) link

describe what exactly?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 April 2015 15:35 (nine years ago) link

the obituaries of the uruguayan grandee galeano inspired me to look at a book of his about football and it does rather conform to type. a lot of parables and vatic wisdom from the global south, this being the writer who told obama to be mindful that the white house was built by black slaves, which doubtless came as a huge surprise to the latter. the usual platine aversion to the english, who replace capricious plantation spaniards with a more prim and diffuse tyranny but whose muscular christian athletic fetish is repurposed in the joyous insurrectionary spirit of el pibe etc (hopefully he got around to writing a postscript about the suarez affair). there's a reference to the dynamo kiev 'death match' vs the nazis that renders it entirely without evidential or ideological nuance. another of his books was given by hugo chavez to obama, the sort of transactional guilting that the author would probably appreciate. i should like to read some more borges, some aira and cortazar which probably reflects biases towards the more (for want of nuance) 'european' end of latin american fiction

nakhchivan, Friday, 17 April 2015 17:06 (nine years ago) link

Thanks! That's what I meant (describe writing)

dow, Friday, 17 April 2015 19:23 (nine years ago) link

As I see it the vast majority of Latin American prose looks to Europe.

nakh - I think you might find the 'dictator' novels to be of some interest.

Galeano is interesting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/books/eduardo-galeano-uruguayan-voice-of-anti-capitalism-is-dead-at-74.html?_r=2

“I wouldn’t be capable of reading this book again; I’d keel over,” Mr. Galeano said at a book fair in Brazil. “For me, this prose of the traditional left is extremely leaden, and my physique can’t tolerate it.”

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 18 April 2015 09:03 (nine years ago) link

Ive read rey rosa's Severina, a short novel about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman who shoplifts books. I liked it a lot. Have another but not started it yet becausebthe cover photo of a bird swallowing a frog keeps putting me off.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:54 (nine years ago) link

A great recommendation is Valeria Luiselli´s ´Sidewalks', a collection of essays. Her novel 'Faces in the Crowd´ (which namechecks Bolaño) is good too.

Just bought the pocket edition of Cortazar's 'Clases de Literatura' as there´s still no English translation available.

EvR, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:31 (nine years ago) link

I'll be moving to Vilas-Matas shortly, see he has introduced a book by Sergio Pitol

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:08 (nine years ago) link

Whom I've not read but the books look like something I'd want to read - essayistic, a translator himself so a wide range of reading..

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:10 (nine years ago) link

Two new Vilas-Matas books out later this year from New Directions which look good.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:04 (nine years ago) link

this is an interview with Pitol's translator:

http://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2015/05/04/in-conversation-george-henson-translator/#more-5998

Excited to read another Mexican author.

http://www.openletterbooks.org/collections/juan-jose-saer

Is Saer any good?

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 5 May 2015 15:52 (nine years ago) link

'Scars' is very good, intense stuff

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 6 May 2015 05:39 (nine years ago) link

Great, I'll have a look at that and La Grande as well.

As I am reading books throughout any given year there is always something unforseen turning up - and it looks like a return to Spanish based literature this year, after reading lots of Latin American fiction and Bolano a few years ago.

This time around its nothing so boom based: more from Spain, Mexico and Central America.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 6 May 2015 09:41 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

James - started on La Grande and its pretty great so far.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 31 May 2015 21:20 (nine years ago) link

yay! I need to get that. Really liked Scars, but never ventured further.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 06:52 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Sample of Sergio Pitol's writing: http://literalmagazine.com/20-may/

xyzzzz__, Monday, 13 July 2015 23:08 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

Lots of good stuff going on.

Finishing newly retranslated Alejo Carpenter. Donoso's Obscene Bird of Night has just been issued with a revised translation.

Probably worth doing a summary post of a few things here. Things that lasted and did not.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 5 April 2024 09:34 (three months ago) link

Please do. I'm looking for something new to read.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 5 April 2024 11:23 (three months ago) link

Its funny because its been nearly ten years since I last posted to this thread and I have learnt a bit about Spanish Language Lit. Its always ongoing, but I thought I'd jot down where I am at.

- This can't really start without going to the v beginning, which is "Don Quixote", which I read in this one 20th century translation, but it did run out of puff. Right now I want to re-read it in Tobias Smollett's translation. It is kinda highly regarded but also seen as strange (this is all from online conversations) so I'll try and dive in later this year.
- Then ofc Borges is the great, but its only one book of fiction, and one book of essays. Brilliant, yay. The people around him I kinda liked enough but never felt like going back to, so Ocampo, Casares, maybe Roberto Arlt...I wished I liked that stuff a lot more, but my tastes don't run too much into the fantastical, surreal. Shoot me for describing it like that.
- What I do like is either something that feels a bit on the wire existential or political (exploring revolution, fascism and imperialism). So with the former you gotta go to Antonio Di Benedetto, with the last of the trilogy coming out next year (https://www.nyrb.com/collections/antonio-di-benedetto). I love Ernesto Sabato's The Tunnel, and I'll report back on how I get on with "On Heroes and Tombs".
- On that Argie theme I think the best thing Open Letter ever did was to translate lots of books by Saer (https://www.openletterbooks.org/collections/juan-jose-saer). Back above I am asking whether its any good and I think he is excellent and its great that a small press gets into a run of dedicating themselves to one author like that, though I need to read all, but I felt like I exhausted myself with La Grande. That's the one to get.
- For Uruguayans Onetti is the one. "The Shipyard" but there is lots of books knocking about 2nd hand. His short stories were released by Archipelago and iirc they get finer the less he is into plot and more into mood.
- I also asked about Sergio Pitol and Deep Vellum made a similar commitment (https://www.deepvellum.org/authors/sergio-pitol). Just heroes for bringing that much out. The first Trilogy is a bit like a strange reading diary crossed with his experiences wrorking for the Mexican diplomatic service. There is nothing like it.
- I haven't really mentioned the Boom because I don't think I got on with it too well: didn't like "Conversations in the Cathedral", "Hopscotch" is too reliant on its concept. Funnily enough I only liked "One Hundred Years of Solitude". As I said I am trying "Obscene Bird of Night" again. I've not tried "Terra Nostra" and maybe I should.
- Pre-Boom Miguel Asturias "Mr.President" (his first novel) is really great, shorter and draws on similar themes to a lot of Latin Am political lit. I love the revelling in the carnage of that stuff. Even if it is painful. But Asturias wrote a lot about indigeneous cultures (the translator talks in an interview how he couldn't translate stuff like "Men of Maize" so I am not sure where to go with that).
- Alejo Carpentier has had two of his major novels recently re-translated (Explosion in the Cathedral, which I just finished, and The Lost Steps).
- But I also read "Reasons of State" a long time ago too. Lots of Latim Am novels like that one deal with a dictator, and while I've read a lot of it I wouldn't necessarily go for that. What makes one good and another just 'of interest' is a thing I have a think about now and then and I think it comes down to how interested the writer is in the whole picture, rather than mere goings on in a Presidential Palace. It feels like an undercurrent of a particular time that is being unravelled now.
- Spain has its own painful histories with Fascism: "Tyrant Banderas" by Valle-Inclán and then Cela's "The Hive" (re-translated last year and possibly the only novel that really does the grotesque thing that approaches Celine-like levels, in a different style).
- The one guy that I found that may never be (re)discovered is Juan Benet: "A Meditation" is knocking about. I liked it but it is Faulkner dense. His work really could do with revival and, for me, a bit more exploration.
- The one Spanish guy that seems to ignore the above is Josep Pla. I just love his worked over journal (on NYRB again) "The Gray Notebook".
- Short story wise this was a cracker, and I almost never go for short stories these days: https://www.nyrb.com/products/the-word-of-the-speechless
- And for novellas you can't go wrong with "The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll" by Mutis. His poetry has finally been issued by NYRB earlier this year (https://www.nyrb.com/products/alvaro-mutis?pr_prod_strat=jac&pr_rec_id=a8daa4817&pr_rec_pid=862342081&pr_ref_pid=417678241&pr_seq=uniform) and it will be good to see how the poetry and prose go with telling the same tale (he was a poet first, I believe).

Ofc I am just skimming the surface of what is available in the West but if there is anymore do mention as I am always looking.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 5 April 2024 21:37 (three months ago) link

Esther Allen, the translator of Benedetto, has declined an award.

🧵I declined the PEN/Ralph Manheim Award for Translation, in solidarity with the 1300+ writers who've decried @PENamerica silence on the genocidal murder of Palestinians, & with the @united_PEN fight to maintain free speech for PEN employees,

— Esther Allen (@estherlallen) April 5, 2024

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 6 April 2024 10:59 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Ernesto Sabato - On Heroes and Tombs. Just finished this - and fellas its something else. It starts as a chronicle of an intense relationship, but the "Report on the Blind" is like Bolano's "The Part About the Crimes", in the sense that its a truly strange place for a book to go to. The last part then circles back to the aftermath of that relationship, but its also a chronicle on Argentinian history and proletarian politics.

Like 2666 I just couldn't stop reading it for three days/nights.

An unjustly forgottten book.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 8 May 2024 17:19 (two months ago) link

Is it forgotten though?

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 May 2024 00:18 (two months ago) link

Thanks!

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 May 2024 01:10 (two months ago) link

xp. I don't think its read in comparison to The Tunnel.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 10 May 2024 16:04 (two months ago) link

Okay, yeah, totally.

Billion Year Polyphonic Spree (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 May 2024 16:38 (two months ago) link


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